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Shrek: Not All Archetypes Are Human

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John Kaffezakis

on 20 October 2012

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Transcript of Shrek: Not All Archetypes Are Human

Some Questers Are
More Human Than Others The Call and Its Refusal As a fairy tale creature, Shrek ought to be concerned by a call for his blood, but in forced naivety, Shrek shakes off the warning. He lives a comfortable and secure life separate from the world around him. He can scare away most threats and is unconcerned by the actions of humans. The Magical Friend As Shrek is being forced to realize that creatures like himself are being persecuted, he comes to meet Donkey, his loyal steed. Donkey is the comical foil to Shrek, and though he seems dimwitted, his intuitiveness aides Shrek through the quest. The Threshold Shrek and Donkey aren't in the swamp anymore. They are going from a very natural world to a looming industrial one. This view is the first view that Shrek has of the human world he feels isolated from. The uncomfortable joking highlights that Shrek is out of his comfort zone. Inside the whale Shrek enters Lord Farquaad's castle and finds himself in an environment that is hostile and rejects him. He learns that the only way back to his heaven is to become even farther separated. Shrek is given the stated reason for his quest. The Road of Trials 1. Cross the lava bridge Following the rule of three, Shrek has to go through three trials. 3. Defeat the Dragon 2.Find the stairs Atonement with the Father The real reason for Shrek's quest and isolation in the swamp is brought into light. He feels the judgement of the world and separates himself from it. The quest is shown to not be for the princess or for the swamp. The quest is for Shrek's place in the world, for the knowledge that he is not a monster and that he can be accepted. Shrek confronts the fact that his physical appearance is what holds ultimate control in his life. Fiona: The Goddess and the Temptress hero's journey. She is both the promise that Shrek can be Princess Fiona represents two specific parts of the unconditionally loved. The budding romance between the two makes Shrek question the idea that he can be loved. But the fact that she is human, most of the time, means that Shrek cannot escape feeling that he is out of place, that he is too much a monster for a princess to love. Shrek's feelings are confirmed in his mind when he overhears Fiona at the windmill, Disgusted at himself and his hope for something more, Shrek storms off to Farquaad's castle. Fiona can represent both figures because of her binary nature. Apotheosis and the Ultimate Boon Shrek finds the ultimate boon in the form of learning Fiona's secret and gaining her as his companion. He also has to sacrifice himself though. Shrek risks everything by making himself vulnerable to Fiona's rejection, and by doing so, he opens himself to the possibility of being loved. This scene is the climax of the quest. The Flight and Rescue This scene is pretty self-explanatory. Shrek has won Fiona, but Farquaad is not letting his key to power escape him. It is up to Donkey and his Dragon girlfriend to save the day as the magical aides. The Master of Two Worlds Shrek has come to master the idea that one can be both different and lovable, that uniqueness does not make one a monster. He reveals himself as a master of two worlds when he does not deny that Fiona has changed forms, but he still labels her as beautiful. The moral of the story, the lesson that Shrek masters is that one's form does not have to be exclusive. One can be a friendly, lovable, or beautiful ogre, no matter how others may perceive them. Returning Home and
Finding Freedom After the quest? The party starts. Shrek opens his sanctuary to the world around him and allows everyone into the swamp for the wedding between himself and Fiona. Shrek bridges the gap between humans and fairy tales; he ends the persecution and seemingly creates a culture of freedom and acceptance. He returns from his quest and spreads the rewards that he has gained. The End Until Disney runs low on cash and makes a sequel.
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