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This essay will expand on the differences between Shrek and normal more traditional fairytales.

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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 shreak use presentational devises to reverse this tradition, to reveal the ogre as good and the prince as bad? Introduction This essay will expand on the differences between Shrek and normal more traditional fairytales. In things like Jack and the beanstalk, it has a giant who chases and tries to kill the good guy (Jack). In other fairytales such as Cinderella and snow white the princesses marries the prince. In this essay, I will analyse the characters of shreak and lord farquad and how they are different to the stereotypes of there kind of characters in other films. The Character of Shrek The film opens as if it is a traditional fairy tale story which nice soft music and the well-known beginning "once upon a time." Then a hand ripping a page out of the book interrupts this and a voice saying "yeah right like that would ever happen." Then Shrek appears, stepping out of the toilet. Modern rap music begins and this suggests that the film doses not go along the lines of the typical fairytale stereotype. When the villagers come to try to kill Shrek, he threatens and scares them by saying, "shave your liver," and "squeeze the jelly from your eyes." ...read more.

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He also throws the gingerbread man in the bin making him scream. Lord Farquad then has three beautiful princesses to choose from and of course, he chooses Princess Fiona. When Shrek brings Princess Fiona to duloc, lord farquad meets her very formally saying "Beautiful, fair, flawless Fiona, will you be the perfect bride for the perfect groom?" At the end, Lord Farquad orders the knights to "get them out of my sight." He tells the guards to arrest Fiona when he sees her after sunset. He still proclaims himself king, even though the marriage has been abandoned. In this film, we quickly learn that the prince is not like a traditional fairy tale character because he is short ugly and evil, totally against the stereotype of a fairytale prince. Camera shots Camera shots are very important in Shrek because it sometimes shows how important a certain part of the movie is. At one point of the movie, Shrek scares the storybook characters and there is a close up on his mouth to show that he might be about to eat them. There is also darkness to create further unease. When more storybook characters tern up at Shrek's swamp the low angle shot makes Shrek appear scarier and more threatening, as he looks down, towering over these characters then they ran away. ...read more.

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When donkey first meets Shrek, he follows him back to his swamp and ignores the "beware of ogre" signs. Donkey refuses to listen to Shrek's advice to leave him alone. He lightens the atmosphere. At the tournament, he makes parts funny like when he rolls the barrels onto the knights. When donkey returns after he has found some flowers he looks at Shrek and Fiona smiling at each other and he says "why, isn't this romantic." All the way through the film he acts as Shrek's adviser and he listens to him when Shrek is having difficulties. Donkey is an important character because he shows us that Shrek is not a very scary ogre, he is totally the opposite. Conclusion The question that I have been trying to answer is "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 shreak use presentational devises to reverse this tradition, to reveal the ogre as good and the prince as bad?" This film was not only successful for the characters, but the presentational devises as well. The film makers have reversed the traditional fairy tale to make Shrek by making the ogre the good person and the prince the bad person. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ewan Pickett ...read more.

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