Shrek's Message

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Shrek's Message 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 film makers use different interpretations making Shrek as good and the Prince as evil to create an unusual fairytale. In traditional fairytales they start with an elaborate book which opens up to tell the story, gradually each page of the book turns to reveal the next page. The book starts by telling the reader the background about the fairytale "Once upon a time there lived a lovely princess" with beautifully painted illustrations. In traditional fairytales such as 'Snow White and the seven dwarfs' the witch casts and evil spell upon Snow White, a handsome prince rescues Snow White and she is freed from the spell and lives happily ever after. In 'Jack and the beanstalk' the giant chases Jack away from his kingdom; Jack runs away from the giant as fast as he can otherwise the giant would eat him. Language is an important device, and I am going to write about how the language can create the impression of good and evil in both characters, and in films. At the beginning of 'Shrek' the film opens with a leather binded book that opens and starts telling the story gentle music is played but stops and a giant illuminated hand appears. The hand rips the page out of the book, you hear a flush of the toilet at the start and modern rap music is... ... middle of paper ... ...ts job and finds true love by marrying Princess Fiona. Although Lord Farquaad looks like a lord, his actions suggest that he is evil. He tortured the gingerbread man, he stole Shreks swamp, he made the knights fight Shrek, rejected the princess when he found out after sunset she becomes an ogre but he still wanted to become king. He is an extremely lazy and selfish person. The story of Shrek uses presentational devices to reverse our expectations this makes a good film not just because of the devices that the film makers use to influence the viewers. The viewer feels that Shrek is a far nicer character than Lord Farquaad even though by glance does not look like he is. Lord Farquaad looks important but is a bitter, twisted evil person. Perhaps the message of the story is that you can't judge a book by its cover.

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