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Analyzing Characteristics Of Shrek And Lord Farquaad

2500 words - 10 pages

Analyzing Characteristics of Shrek and Lord Farquaad

In this essay, I am going to analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord
Farquaad, and write about how film makers use different presentational
devices to create an unusual fairytale.

In 'Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs' the Prince freed Snow White from
the spell by kissing her. In 'Jack And The Beanstalk' the giant chases
Jack and wants to eat him. In Shrek we see a different type of
fairytale which shows that Shrek is a modern fairytale.

Language is an important device, and I am going to write about how
language can create the impression of good and evil in both characters
and in films. The film, 'Shrek', opens with the usual, man telling the
story about a Princess and how she is trapped in a tower waiting for
her Prince to rescue her. Then a hand comes in and tears out the page.
Then Shrek comes out of the toilet wiping his arse. I think that the
viewers are surprised because they're expecting an old fashioned
fairytale. I think that the opening suggests it's a modern fairytale,
with a different ending.

When the storybook characters arrive Shrek threatens them by saying he
will 'Grind your bones, and make jelly from your eyes'. He tries to
frighten them by saying 'Orges are worse than giants'. They react by
running away screaming.

At first Shrek seems like a traditional orge because he's horrible,
ugly and says nasty things like orges and giants do in traditional

When Donkey approaches Shrek, Shrek roars at him and tries to
intimidate him, but Donkey isn't frightened and says 'You need some
tic-tacs' talking about Shrek's bad breath. Donkey is persistent and
carries on asking Shrek questions. Shrek gets annoyed even more as
Donkey keeps on talking, singing and asking questions, so then Shrek
turns to Donkey and shouts 'What am I?' When Shrek shouts at Donkey he
is trying to scare him away but it doesn't work.

Donkey carries on irritating Shrek by running into his house and
jumping onto his chair, then Shrek sends Donkey outside and Donkey
keeps peering through the window showing he is not going away.

The three blind mice run over Shrek's table and up onto Shrek's
shoulder and Shrek tries to catch the mice but fails. Shrek gets so
annoyed that he shouts 'I'm a terrifying orge, what do I have to do to
get little privacy?'

The behavior of Donkey and the mice tells viewers that Shrek isn't a
normal orge like in conventional fairytales because if he was in a
normal fairytale, Donkey would have been so scared he would have
runaway from Shrek by now.

Shrek and Donkey visit Duloe, to try to reclaim Shrek's swamp from
Lord Farquaad. Donkey thinks that Shrek is too kind and should not
have to ask as the swamp belongs to him anyway. Donkey tells Shrek
that he should 'Pull some orge stuff' to sort...

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