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SHREK. "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 .

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"the greatest fairy tale never written"

Traditional fairy tales
traditional fairy tales

  • “fairy tale” –

  • “Jack and the Beanstalk”

  • “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

  • ogres/giants and princes

The process
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
essay guide (for more detail, refer to link within lesson)

  • IntroductionLet the reader know you intend to analyze the characters Shrek and Prince Farquaad.

    • Paragraph 1 – Fairy TalesDiscuss 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 FarquaadIn 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 anglesDifferent camera angles can be used to create varying effects.Close up shot of Shrek – discuss its purpose.Etc…

  • Paragraph 5 – presentational devicesPresentational 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.

  • Conclusion

  • Shrek

    • ConclusionAfter 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 lesson).

    • Submit your completed assignment to U3L4 Shrek folder.