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How Shrek parodies traditional fairy tales.

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Introduction

How Shrek parodies traditional fairy tales. Shrek is a computer animated film which parodies traditional fairy tales, this means it is an amusing imitation of something original, in this case the film, another way to explain what I mean is Shrek satirises traditional fairy tales, by copying elements from them and changing them to make them humorous. In traditional fairy tales, there are certain ingredients, which make them into what they are. Firstly, there would be a tall, dark, handsome prince, who will slay the dragon or forces of evil, on his way to rescuing the princess. Then they would fall in love with each other (the prince and princess), leave together, get married, and then the most important line at the end of any traditional fairy tale they would "live happily ever after." Then the bad, evil, character, who would be hideously ugly, and would take away (kidnap) the princess and take her to his dark, misty fortress. In some cases, he wants to marry her. Usually this character would be slightly crazy. Also the evil beast, which would be male, battle the prince to the death, it would do this because it would be guarding the princess for the evil character (the bad guy). ...read more.

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Shrek also goes totally against his stereotype by him making a lovely dinner, one which looked like it had been made by a gourmet chef, then he scoffs it all down in one go. Shrek at the start of the film rather wanted the people to think he was his stereotype, but he really was not. He shows this at the start by when some huntsmen come to find and kill Shrek. Then he says, "I'll grind your bones to make my bread" this parodies Jack and the beanstalk where the giant says that to Jack. Shrek shows his sense of humour, which traditionally an ogre would not have, he just wants to scare the people, not hurt them. He wants them to think he is bad. He also says "This is the part where you run!" and they do, and Shrek carries on with his life by himself as if nothing happened. A part where Shrek is similar to his stereotype is where at the start after the introduction with the book, he uses the book as toilet paper, he also baths in faeces. ...read more.

Conclusion

He threatens to take off his little jelly buttons! How cruel. Dragon also is very unlike his fairy tale stereotype. It is traditionally a wicked creature, which is guarding the princess for his evil master, he would battle the prince and would always loose. Dragon in this is a female; this is very different to traditional fairy tales because the female sex is usually portrayed as being weaker, and so the dragon would be a male. Dragon though before we find out that it is a female, is completely like its stereotype. It breaths fire, tries to kill Shrek, and kidnaps donkey. A dragon would usually do this in traditional fairy tales. The things in Shrek, which are different to traditional fairy tales, are: The music that plays through the film. Each piece of music that plays reflects a modern idea of love. One of the pieces of music in the film is "dance to the music." This occurs at the end of the film after Shrek and Fiona have got married. How people at the end of the film see the message of true love differently. Three quarters of the way through the film true love looked like it usually is supposed to. The princess, and prince get married and live happily ever after. 1 ...read more.

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