Shrek Essay

"the greatest fairy tale never written"
traditional fairy tales
“fairy tale” –
 “Jack and the Beanstalk”
 “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”
ogres/giants and princes
the process
View Shrek.
View the film a second time, answering the question
outlined in the "Shrek essay" document. (see below)
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?
essay guide (for more detail, refer to link within lesson)
Let the reader know you intend to analyze the characters Shrek and
Prince Farquaad.
Paragraph 1 – Fairy Tales
Discuss other traditional fairy tales. Briefly explain what the ogre
does in “Jack in the Beanstalk” and what the prince does in “Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Be sure to describe their actions and
their attributes.
Paragraph 2 – Shrek
Write about how language can create the impression of good and
evil. For example…
....The film Shrek opens with….
….When the story book characters arrive…,
….When Donkey approaches, Shrek roars at him and tries to
intimidate him. Donkey is not frightened….
Paragraph 3 – Lord Farquaad
In contrast to Shrek, Lord Farquaad is cruel. He watches the torture
of the gingerbread man and then…
Lord Farquaad is prepared to meet Princess Fiona, until he
discovers that when the sunsets, she…
Paragraph 4 – camera angles
Different camera angles can be used to create varying effects.
Close up shot of Shrek – discuss its purpose.
Paragraph 5 – presentational devices
Presentational devices are also used to influence the viewer and to
make them see a particular character in a certain way. From your
observations of the movie, discuss examples of this.
After analyzing the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad,
the viewer arrives at the conclusion that although Shrek
seems like a traditional ogre…
Although Lord Farquaad looks like a lord, his actions
suggest that he is evil….
For more detail, refer to Shrek essay (handout linked to
Submit your completed assignment to U3L4 Shrek folder.