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SHREK COURSEWORK In traditional fairy tales, ogres are man-eating beasts, the princes usually rescue the princess, and they live happily ever after.

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SHREK COURSEWORK In traditional fairy tales, ogres are man-eating beasts, the princes usually rescue the princess, and they 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 of Shrek and Lord Farquaad and write about how the film-makers use different filmic techniques to create an unusual fairy tale. ...read more.

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At the start of the film "Shrek" a book is opened, revealing classically written text, and carefully drawn, jeweled pictures. Classical music commences to play, and a deep-voiced, stereotypical male voice narrative starts. This brings up an expectation of a traditional fairy tale. But straight away, once the viewer is starting to get drawn into the story, Shrek shuts the book, and the classical scene is abruptly destroyed. ...read more.

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An example of this is as follows. Donkey arrives, and Shrek tries to frighten Donkey away by roaring at him. But donkey merely compliments him on his ability to terrify people. Donkey laughs at Shrek because Donkey only manages to see a good side to Shrek. Soon, Shrek heads towards his house, with Donkey following him uninvited. Even though donkey follows him all the way home, Shrek doesn't let him sleep inside, but makes him stay outside his house. Shrek continues to show a good side in himself, but tries to suppress it whenever it shows. ...read more.

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