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On 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 t

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Essay title: On 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? In this essay, I am going to analyse the characters in 'Shrek'. I will mainly focus on Shrek and Lord Farquuad. I will also write about how the film makers use different presentational devices to create an unusual film. Stereotypically the prince is good and the ogre is evil. In traditional fairy tales ogres are pictured as man-eating beasts, while the Princes are tall, handsome and save the Princess. One example of a fairy tale where an ogre is mentioned is 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. In the fairy tale the ogre is a man-eating giant. The giant ogre chases Jack down the beanstalk. An example of a fairy tale where a prince is mentioned is 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves'. In this fairy tale the Prince frees Snow White from a spell by kissing her and they live happily ever after. The film stars the famous voices of, Mike Myers supplying the rough Scottish twang for 'Shrek', Eddie Murphy's motor mouth 'Donkey', Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, and John Lithgow as 'Lord Farquaad'. The directors of this film were Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jensen and Victoria Jenson. DreamWorks (the distributor) has tried to poke fun at Disney wherever possible. 'Shrek' has won many awards such as Best Musical, Best Comedy, Best Animated Film etc. ...read more.


By this time Shrek is shocked and stands outside of his house to see what was happening. Shrek then sees the fairy tale creatures; among them is the wolf, Pinocchio, three little pigs, the three bears etc. As soon as he sees them he shouts, "I'm a terrifying ogre, what do I have to do to get a little privacy?" This shows us that Shrek isn't a bad ogre but all he wants is to be left alone. Shrek then asks the fairy tale creatures what they're doing there. One of the pigs says that Lord Farquaad has sent them here. Shrek then asks if anyone knows where Lord Farquaad lives. Donkey jumps up and down shouting, "me." Shrek tries to ignore him but has no choice but to pick him as there was no one else who volunteered to let him know where Lord Farquaad was. Shrek then tells the fairy tale creatures that he is going to get them sent back where they came from. At this moment in time there is a lot of triumphant music playing which changes the whole atmosphere. Then the fairy tale creatures start clapping and cheering and treat Shrek as a hero. However this is not how a conventional ogre should be. The fact that Shrek comes with Donkey, three blind mice and fairy tale creatures shows that he isn't really mean and moody like traditional ogres this is because We also learn that Shrek is a sincere ogre and that Shrek evidently isn't the conventional ogre. Shrek and Donkey visit Duloc, to try to reclaim Shrek's swamp from Lord Farquaad. ...read more.


Greedily he still proclaims himself as king, even though the marriage has been abandoned. In this film we quickly learn that the prince is not how he should be stereotypically. We get this idea of Lord Farquaad's foolish behaviour. Inside Lord Farquaad's castle it's dark, gloomy and unwelcoming. This is because many merciless events such as the Gingerbread Man's torture take place. There are also hooded figures in the castle. This makes visitors feel unease. The feeling that violence and secrecy take place is given. Traditionally the castle should be a place of splendour. The settings in the film are not traditional because conventionally, fairy tales are set in castles or big houses. Although Shrek seems like a traditional ogre he is the total opposite. Traditionally ogres are man-eating beasts and princes are good. In this film their roles are reversed. The ogre is portrayed as evil. The princess is not seen as a conventional princess as she fights Robin Hood and his Merry Men. This is an unconventional film. To make a good film you don't just need great characters but you also need great presentational devices to influence the audience and capture their attention. The filmmakers have done a great job in making the film into an unusual, unconventional film. The presentational devices help the audience to learn more about certain characters. 'Shrek' has been such a successful film that there has been a sequel made. The makers of 'Shrek' have now made the second sequel to it 'Shrek2. Meet the parents'. This film follows how Shrek meets Princess Fiona's family and how it goes all wrong for him. C/W Magid Mah 06/11/04 Media Coursework - 'Shrek' ...read more.

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