Analytical Essay Shrek

The Movie Shrek Essay

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The Movie Shrek

Shrek is a spoof of traditional fairytales. It uses stereotypical features, structures and characters. These features are challenged throughout the film by special effects, reversal of stereotypes, intertexuality, twist of plots and through comedy. In order to explore this in depth all aspects will be considered, like setting, structure, characters, stereotyping and humour.

Shrekis about an ogre who in order to keep his swamp he has to rescue a princess from a castle, for Lord Forquaad, the ruler of the land. Shrek accompanied by his new friend Donkey rescue princess Fiona, and are on track to take her to Lord Forquaad, but princess Fiona and Shrek fall in love. Fiona still…show more content…

Also the dragon is female, which is not very stereotypical at all. In addition to this the princess even confesses that that wasn't the way it was suppose to happen. Also Shrek finds the princess accidentally and she is not ready to be rescued, so she quickly scuffles back to the bed and looked as if she were asleep. Neither of these are stereotypical features.

Another setting in the play is Lord Faquaad's castle and village. It is very stereotypical, with four turrets in the castles four corners, a courtyard and Lord Faquaad looking over the crowd on centre stage. Also the soldiers and army protecting the castle are stereotypical, even to the clothes they are wearing. Medieval armour and swords! Shrek also tries to use the 'gladiator' film and then giving it an un-stereotypical feel, by instead of Shrek fighting the knights on sand, he fights them in a wrestling ring. This is an example of intertexuality. Shrek challenges conventional fairytales well in this setting because it is all very surreal, but at the same time it is fantasy, as fairytales are.

The structure of Shrek uses the conventional fairytale structure. There is a hero- Shrek, a helper- donkey and a villain- Lord Faquaad. Lord Faquaad has his army that are the 'bad helpers'. Shrek's structure also follows Todorov's theory of fairy

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Warner 6 Another underlying theme Shrek touches on is interracial relationships. If you notice in the movie, everyone who end up together, really do not belong together. Donkey is with Dragon and Shrek is with Princess Fiona. This is defiantly touching on the issue of interracial relationships that today’s society deals with. Many people do not care about this issue and think that it is perfectly fine, just like in Shrek majority of the characters are happy for Fiona and Shrek. There are also people who feel strongly toward interracial relationships. They feel that it is morally wrong and not something that should happen. This is in dialogue with Shrek because there is the tradition in the movie that Fiona was supposed to marry a Prince. She had this idea in her head and even though she loved Shrek, she decided that it was wrong for her to be with Shrek. It was not until the end of the movie that she decided that there was nothing wrong with her marrying an ogre. Whether it is a motif, underlying theme, humor, or imitations, some stories and fairy tales are in dialogue with their social or historical environment. Shrek is one of the most recent movies that do just this. It rewrites the traditional fairytale, while adding in elements and issues that deal with today’s culture and society. Shrek would not be the same story it is today, without all the parts that make it in dialogue with its social environment. Stephanie, This paper turned out well. I enjoyed reading it and was actually surprised about how well this film works for the assignment. Great work this semester. 95/100

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