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"Shrek" Media Essay

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GCSE Media Essay "Shrek" In this essay I will be analysing the characters "Shrek" and "Lord Farquaad" and I will write about how the director uses presentational devices to produce a typical fairy tale. A typical fairy tale is a fictional story that usually features folkloric characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, witches, giants, ogres, dragons and talking animals and also enchantments, often involving a far-fetched sequence of events. In modern-day language, the term is also used to describe to something blessed with unusual happiness, as in "fairy tale ending" (a happy ending) or "fairy tale romance", though there are notable examples and genres of fairy tales that do not end happily. Colloquially, a "fairy tale" or "fairy story" can also mean any far-fetched story. They take place "once upon a time" rather than in actual times. For example "Cinderella" A parody of a fairy tale is not like any traditional fairy tale, it is where ogres should be man - eating beasts and princes should rescue princesses and they should live happily ever after but, in this fairy tale, it is the complete opposite. When the film starts it is like traditional fairy tale, using the well known "once upon a time". Then there is a beautiful illuminated manuscript with colourful pictures and "Shrek" is reading the fairy tale slowly and calmly unexpectedly "Shrek" slams the book shut and then shouts "yeah right" also using the book as toilet roll as the "comfort zone" is broken. ...read more.

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The guards bring the magic mirror and he refuses to co-operate, one guard smashes another mirror to get the magic mirror to cooperate. Lord Farquaad wants to be prince and the magic mirror does a parody of "Blind Date" he has three choices of beautiful women to choose from. Lord Farquaad holds a tournament to see who will go and collect get Fiona from the castle and Shrek and donkey have to go so Shrek gets his swamp back. When Shrek rescues Fiona he shakes her violently shouting "wake up now let's go". She speaks fairy tale language, saying that Shrek should take her by "valiant steed" and Shrek replies to her in normal language then she starts to speak normal language. She is disappointed that Shrek did not even slay the dragon. On the journey back to duloc, she insisted that they make camp in a quite forceful manner. In the morning when she sings it's so high the bird explodes and then she steals the bird's eggs. Then Fiona, Shrek and donkey was approached by Robin Hood and his men Fiona defeats them in a Matrix, kung Fu style plus when she pulls the arrow out of Shrek's butt very robustly this is not very fairy tale like other fairy tale creatures would pull it out gently all this behaviour suggest that this fairy tale is the complete opposite to a typical fairy tale. ...read more.

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The settings in the film are not traditional because Lord Farquaad's castle is very different to a normal castle and Shrek's hut is very unlike to an ogre's home. The director uses the setting to set their personality or the mood's of each of the characters. Lighting is very effective. There is bright light and dark light. When Shrek and Fiona are falling in love the lights are bright. A dark location is when the villagers come to kill Shrek, Shrek blows away the light to emphasise that this is a scary moment or when donkey, Shrek and Fiona are running through the castle. Music and Sound effects are used to reinforce the mood. When we first meet Lord Farquaad there is marching music this identifies that something bad is going to happen like a battle. Music is also used to lighten the mood like when Shrek fights with the knights a piece of music is played to show how much fun Shrek is having or when donkey and Fiona talk about "how ugly he is" Shrek misinterprets this and the music reflects his unhappiness. In conclusion, the director can produce parody of a fairy tale using lots of different presentational devices and different techniques to influence the viewers. The director uses devices like the parody of Blind Date, the American wrestling event, the kung fu film style fighting and the opening of the film "Shrek". ?? ?? ?? ?? Aadil Hussain 10N1 10C ...read more.

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