Additional Material 3 – Shrek (film)
Written by: Ted Elliot & Terry Rosio, based upon the book by William Steig, viewed on the 23/11/11
Shrek is a fantasy film that is based upon an ogre named Shrek who lives secluded in a swamp; he is considered a monster and is feared by everyone. Under a new regime by Lord Farquaad, he orders that all fairy tale creatures be turned in to the guards and they are exiled to Shrek’s swamp. Lord Farquaad sends him a quest to save Princess Fiona from a dragon guarded tower, and in return his swamp will be given back and along with it, his most desired privacy.
This film supports many ideas about both belonging and not belonging, one central idea that circulates through the movie is the fact that Shrek doesn’t belong because he is an ogre, this presents the idea that people may not belong due to their culture and origins. This becomes apparent very early in film when there is a close up of an advertisement from lord Farquaad which reads “WANTED, fairy-tale creatures, reward” this technique shows the viewer the importance being placed upon race, and how it can affect if someone does, or does not belong. The use of strong dialogue is also used to support this idea where at the end of the film when lord Farquaad finds out Princess Fiona is an ogre during their wedding ceremony and shouts “it’s disgusting, guards, guards I order you to get them out of my sight now!” by referring to Fiona as an “it” it shows the value he places on race and how he doesn’t believe she should belong to society. This idea is similarly shown in “Romulus My Father” where at the beginning of the book the ‘new Australians’ as they are called, are given jobs at the camp in order to pay for their passage over. The immigrants are given jobs that do not fully utilize their skills “perhaps for good reason, or perhaps merely as an expression of their prejudice against ‘new Australians’” in this quote Raimond shows how he believes that the Australians were...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document