Enc1102 Professor Frever
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What is a fairy tale? In my own words, I would say a fairy tale is a made up story with imaginary characters and places. The definition of a fairy tale is “a children's story about magical and imaginary beings and lands” as defined by Google, definition of fairy tale. What do fairy tales do for people? In my own words, I would say that fairy tales teach a moral lesson. According to Steiner, 1966, “Fairy tales help inculcate the norms of society into young minds consciously” (Qtd in, Biechonski). There are many fairy tale movies, and fairy tale books out these days, but only a few of those can be considered a real fairy tale according to the moral lesson and with imaginary beings and lands. I want to turn your attention to the movie series of “Shrek” a DreamWorks production. The first “Shrek” movie came out in 2001 and since then there has been 3 more films, “Shrek 2”, “Shrek the Third”, and “Shrek Forever After” (DreamWorks). With all four films people consider Shrek to be just a movie series; you must look at all of the films as a whole before you say anything about Shrek. I see Shrek as the fairy tale of all fairy tales. Just look at the plot of the first Shrek, There is a big green ogre who lives in a swamp. Shrek saved a talking donkey one day from getting sold to Lord Farrquad. Donkey wouldn’t leave Shrek alone and went to his swamp to stay the night and when Shrek sat down for dinner that night he finds himself swamped with many fairy tale creatures that were put there by Lord Farrquad. This is a great set up for a fairy tale so far. Shrek sets off to get his swamp back from Lord Farrquad while Donkey goes along with him. Now this is where the story starts to build into an adventure. When they get to the Kingdome, Shrek agreed to set off on a quest to rescue Princess Fiona and bring her back to Lord Farrquad so he could marry her and become King. When Shrek and Donkey save the princess, they set off to get back to the Kingdome and find out that at night Princess Fiona turns into an ogre because of a spell her fairy godmother put on her. Now we see some magic and mystery showing up in the story. Shrek and Fiona fall in love and live happily ever after. The moral of the story was easy to see that the point of a fairy tale is to prove a message with a moral story. The message behind Shrek is to not judge a book by its cover, love people for who they are on the inside not for what they look like on the outside. We see this in the film a few times, the first time is when Shrek and Donkey arrive at the dragons layer where Princess Fiona awaits for her brave knight in the second tower. Shrek had donkey distract the donkey while he went to find the Princess. Donkey meets the dragon and finds out that it is a girl dragon with a big crush on him. A donkey and a dragon are like night and day, only where there is mystery and magic is why you can call it a fairy tale. Later on when they get back we find out that Donkey called her and now they are together and they are in love. Of cores they live happily ever after just like any other fairy tale. The second time we see this is when Shrek and Fiona are sitting by the fire right before the sun sets and they looked into each other’s eyes and fell in love but they didn’t know what to do because Shrek just wanted his swamp back but now he is starting to find feelings for someone and Fiona wanted to be Queen but now she is having feelings for Shrek and they both know it would never work, a donkey and a dragon falling in love and a Princess and an ogre falling in love as well. The fantasy factor was there and to call this movie a fairy tale is hitting it right on the head, in my opinion, I would say this movie is a fairy tale unlike any other. “Shrek 2” leads off exactly where Shrek 1 stopped. Shrek and Fiona had recently gotten married, they just got back from their honeymoon when people come...
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