Shrek Stereotypes Essay

The Message in Shrek Essay

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The Message in Shrek

In traditional fairy tales, ogres are man-eating beasts, the Prince rescues the Princess and they live happily ever after. How do the makers of "Shrek" use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, revealing the ogre as good, the Prince as evil?

In traditional fairy tales, the story begins "Once upon a time" and the general story line is a happy one. Fairy tales are designed for small children so they can't be violent or contain swearing etc.

Snow White is a traditional fairy tale in which the evil queen tries to kill her but a prince rescues her, a typical stereotype fairytale layout.

Sleeping Beauty has the same lay out but slightly differs from Snow…show more content…

Also the camera shots also show Donkey and Shrek together. In the fight Shrek doesn't want to fight and offers to "settle it over a pint" but later decides to pummel them. From this the audience can tell that Shrek is in favour of peace but doesn't mind the odd brawl with the baddies.

Later Shrek meets and rescues Princess Fiona as ordered by lord Farquaad. When they first meet Fiona is expecting a kiss as she lays ready (this is in reference to sleeping beauty) for a kiss but Shrek shakes her awake this suggests Shrek is not the traditional type as the film isn't either. When Fiona queries why Shrek hasn't slain the dragon he says that it is on his to-do list which says Shrek has a sense of humour even in life threatening situations.

At the beginning of the film, Shrek tries to threaten the characters he meets. There are characters that are not affected by his appearance these being Princess Fiona, Donkey and the fairy tale creatures that squat in his swamp at the beginning of the film. Although Shrek an ogre the audience accepts him as a good guy.

In contrast to Shrek, lord Farquaad is a small and nasty character and shows no remorse throughout the film. There is a scene where lord Farquaad is interrogating the ginger bread man truing to find the fairy

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Shrek: A Review Essay

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“Another fairytale movie is out,” you inwardly groan as your kids jump up and down begging to see it. There’s nothing wrong with them, its just that they are always the same: a perfect man finds a perfect woman and they live happily ever after in lala land, if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. This is not the case with DreamWorks’ new film: Shrek. Yes it starts off “once upon a time” and may even end with “they lived happily ever after,” but the characters are lovable in a whole new way, not just for their charm and exceptional looks; the theme of the movie teaches great life lessons that every child and adult should know and the soundtrack is the phenomenal icing on top of the cake. The movie is named after the main character:…show more content…

Being highly skilled in the use of martial arts is only one of her big secrets. Each and every character is unique and very well developed, it would be hard not to get involved. Throughout the movie you find yourself rooting for them, sympathizing with them, and smiling and laughing when they are. Entwined throughout the whole movie is an ongoing theme of inside beauty, which is a good life lesson for everyone of all ages. Unlike the majority of movies that portray the leading characters as flawless and unrealistically beautiful with a love story that happens only in movies, Shrek is down to earth and truly genuine. Each character has authentic flaws and deficiencies, but learns to accept and embrace them. They discover that authentic beauty is built from the inside out and anyone who has kindness and good intentions will shine like a light. People are attracted to a good character and that is what makes a person truly beautiful. Not only do the characters in Shrek learn about inside beauty, but they also learn about true love. Love isn’t always perfect and there are often misunderstandings, and usually things don’t turn out as you expected, but with perseverance, all else prevails and the reward will come in good time.

On top of all this, the soundtrack is really sensational. The movie opens with “All Star” performed by Smash Mouth blaring in the background while Shrek and his

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