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In this essay, I am going to analyse the characters of Shrek and lord Farquaad, and write about how the filmmaker uses different techniques to create an unusual fairy tale.
In traditional fairy tales we expect certain characters such as an innocent beautiful princess, and a handsome young heroic prince. The film nearly always includes a villain to create the tension in the storyline, an ogre or some usually plays these roles kind of giant. These villains are played as a bad nasty creature that's normally out to eat the main characters e.g. the princess/pretty girl. The giant in the fairytale'Jack and the beanstalk' introduces himself into the story with his famous line:
'Fe, fi, foe, fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman, be he alive or be he dead, ill crush his bones to make my bread.'
This quotation shows that the giant is beastly and cruel, he tells people this, in hope of their fear of him, in comparison the prince in the tale of'Snow white and the Seven dwarves' is the complete opposite. The prince comes and rescues the princess, sweeps her off her feet and they kiss while riding off into the sunset.
Language is an important device, and I am going to write about how language can create the impression of good and evil in both in characters, and in films. The film,'Shrek', opens with Shrek sitting on the toilet reading a fairy tale out a book. Slow, soft music is played in the background, but just as the story in the book gets to the happy ever after, the film changes mood. Shrek flushes the toilet and rips out the page in the book while saying:
'Like that's ever gonna happen'.
This shows that he does not believe in fairytales, this is different right away, as it is a change from the traditional child's film. The toilet door burst open and reveals the ogre. As this happens the slow music changes into a fast rock music piece called'shoo…


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