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Shrek Media Coursework

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Shrek, Y10 Media Coursework In traditional fairy tales, ogres are man-eating beasts. The Prince usually rescues the Princess; they marry and live happily ever after. How do the makers of Shrek use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, to reveal the ogre as good and the Prince as evil? INTRODUCTION In this essay I will be analysing the characters in the film 'Shrek'. Also I will be writing about how the filmmakers use presentational devices, such as camera angles, lighting and music. 'Shrek' is an unusual fairy tale with an unlikely twist. The roles have been reversed and the stereotypical heroes, such as the Prince have become the villains and visa versa. In traditional fairytales ogres are fierce, man-eating beasts seen as evil. In a traditional fairytale 'Shortshanks' the ogre featured is a humongous, fighting beast. ' "Fire and flame! ...read more.


This creates excitement. Shrek then uses a page out of the book as toilet paper, the audience find this amusing and this surprises them. Soon after this Shrek is bathing in a swamp and passes wind, this is also funny to the audience and we then know that this is going to be a fairytale with a twist. SHREK'S CHARACTER When Shrek meets the men with the pitchforks, he puts on an act. Shrek acts like a traditional ogre. The camera zooms in onto Shrek's face while he bears his teeth. This is effective because it makes Shrek appear menacing and intimidating. Shrek then lets out an almighty roar and scared the men away. This creates suspense and changes the audience's opinion of Shrek. ...read more.


He does this by not treating Shrek as a stereotypical ogre and therefore makes us believe this of Shrek. Donkey does this by getting to know Shrek for who he really is. This helps us understand Shrek more and makes us realise Shrek has just been stereotyped. Shrek appreciates Donkey not judging him and him and donkey become the best of friends. THE RESCUE OF PRINCESS FIONA The rescue of Princess Fiona is a parody of a fairytale because all the characters are such opposites of their stereotypes. Shrek has a donkey instead of a noble steed, the dragon doesn't get slayed but gets flirted with and Shrek aggressively wakes the Princess with a shake instead of a kiss. The music in this scene is also very dramatic and adventurous. This scene is tension packed and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. There is also a slow motion run with creates suspense. ...read more.

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