Sociological Perspectives in Shrek
1. In the film, Lord Farquaad is the antithesis of what a valiant prince/knight-in-shining armor is expected to look like. Instead of a "Prince Charming," who would stereotypically be young, tall, and good-looking, Lord Farquaad is old(er), short, and although he has a strong jawline, which would be associated with rugged good looks, he comes off as sleazy and villainous. Lord Farquaad hilariously attempts to make up for his shortcomings by standing on stools in public and by wearing a suit of armor specifically designed to make his arms and legs look longer.
2. When Shrek contends that ogres are like onions, he attempts to explain that like onions, ogres are multi-layered. He attempts to use the onion analogy to explain that one should judge others based on their appearance because they might be completely different than what one expected.
3. The conflict theory can be seen in Lord Farquaad's rule of Duloc in the way in which he discriminates and segregates citizens based on their human and fairy tale attributes. He persecutes fairy tale characters without regard for their well-being.
4. When Princess Fiona is rescued, she is the embodiment of a damsel-in-distress who was waiting for her "prince" to come rescue her. Later on in the film, she stands up for herself and does not wait to be rescued, breaking stereotypes based on sex and gender.
5. There are several dragon stereotypes that are shown in the film, which include