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
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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