Presentational Devices Used in Films

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Presentational Devices Used in Films 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 Shrek use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, to reveal the ogre as good, and the Prince as evil? In this essay, I am going to analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad, and write about how the filmmakers use different presentational devices to create an unusual fairy tale. In traditional fairy tales ogres and giants are horrific, man-eating beasts who grind bones and rips flesh. In 'Jack and the Beanstalk' the ogre tries to kill Jack, with a giant club, and he intends on eating jack once he has killed him. Also, Princes are always conceived to be good, majestic, and always rescues the princess with his noble steed, and end up getting married and sharing their first romantic encounter with each other. In 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the prince awakes snow white with 'loves first kiss', closely followed by the two getting wed, and living happily ever after. Language is an important device, and I am going to write about how language can create the impression that good and evil is present in both characters and in films. The film 'Shrek' opens like a traditional fairy tale, using the well-known beginning, 'Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess…' Pages of a story book is focused on, with pictures and words, also narrated by a mystery person, which is a frequent start in most conventional fairy tales. When the last page is shown, and the last caption is read, the narrator says 'Like that's ever goin... ... middle of paper ... ... has friends, he rescues the princess, finds true love and gets married. This shows he is different from a typical ogre. Equally, Lord Farquaad looks like a noble Lord, but is very different to one. He has an evil nature; as he tortures people, he steals, makes other people do his fighting. He is also cruel, and has no feelings for others, shown by the rejection of the princess, and his false claims to be a king. The story of 'Shrek' uses presentational devices to reverse our expectations, so that the end of the film sees Shrek as the good character, and Lord Farquaad is seen as the evil character. The makers of 'Shrek' have successfully managed to reverse this fairy tale and to make it appeal to younger viewers by making it more amusing, but still put across an important message of you can't judge a book by its cover.
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