Semiotics Shrek The Movie


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  • Fairy tale construct has a constant plot involving a damsel in distress , under a spell or curse , rescued by the handsome prince charming , who does so by overcoming an evil force (triumph of good over evil) resulting in their “happily ever after”. The support characters are usually the hapless but well-meaning father/parents, helpful and miraculous supporter - a helper who aids the hero/protagonist – usually a non-human character (eg. Fairy godmother , dwarves , horses/animals).
  • Syntagmatic axis : Is the set of signs that must be present in totality for the story to be a romantic fairy taleParadigmatic axis : Evil in Shrek: symbolises a human ulterior motive or personal gainEvil in sleeping Beauty: more a revenge than a gain
  • The signifieds which have been identified for the analysis are the stereotypical characteristics observed in fairytales which change in ShrekThe signifiers are the rolesThe signifiers are compared and contrasted , through replacement in Shrek’s story line. Paradigmatic relationships
  • Positive & negative connotations of the signifiers
  • Feminine characteristics vs unfeminine characteristics
  • The significance of the story emerges because these signifieds are used and not the other available. If anyone of the signifieds was not the same, the story would not have been the same.
  • Semiotics Shrek The Movie

    1. 1. A Semiotic Analysis <br />Of Shrek: a real fairy tale? <br />Vis-à-vis traditional fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty)<br />
    2. 2. Agenda <br />Fairy Tales <br />Shrek: Unique? <br />Semiotic analysis of Shrek as a Fairy Tale <br />Concepts <br />Analysis<br />Characters <br />Through some scenes<br />
    3. 3. Fairy Tales : The way we know them<br />The Langue<br /><ul><li>Good guy, damsel in distress, the sidekick/ friends, the evil witch/ knight/ king, the obstacle, the concerned parents</li></ul>Why we chose fairy tales?<br />The analysis of the fairy tales heard by all of us since childhood leads to an analogy between the language structure (langue) and the narrative. <br /><ul><li>a sequence of stability-disruption-stability. </li></li></ul><li>Shrek as a fairy tale<br />The story<br />Shrek is a fearsome green ogre living in the swamp , which is invaded one day by banished fairy-tale creatures. <br />They are banished by Lord Farquaad, who desires to become the King and his only chance of doing so is marrying Princess Fiona.<br />Princess Fiona is entrapped in a castle guarded by a love-lorn , ferocious Dragon.<br />In order to win back his privacy from the evil Lord Farquaad Shrek undertakes the task of rescuing Princess Fiona<br />He is accompanied ,much to his reluctance, on this task by the feisty ,talking Donkey <br />But…<br />Shrek as a story breaks the stereotypes<br />and<br />Establishes a new parole (comedy)<br />
    4. 4. Concepts used<br />Background Reading : VladmirPropp<br />
    5. 5. King & Queen<br />Witch Maleficent<br />Aurora<br />PoisonedSpindle<br />Prince Phillip<br />Horse<br />Pathos<br />King & Queen <br />Lord <br />Farqwuaad<br />Fiona<br />Donkey<br />Dragon<br />Shrek<br />Comedy<br />Parent<br />Evil<br />Heroine<br />Helper<br />Obstacle<br />Hero<br />Paradigmatic Axis<br />Syntagmatic Axis : Romantic Fairy Tale<br />
    6. 6. Paradigmatic Analysis : What we did<br />Define Signifiers and their Signified in Shrek<br />Compare and contrast to establish “value” of the Significance<br />Result : Prove the significance of the story lies in “value” of Signifiers and their signified<br />
    7. 7. Shrek: the Ogre as hero<br />Signifier :the Ogre<br />Signifier: the hero<br />Signified:<br />Green <br />Ugly<br />Unhygienic<br />Ferocious <br />Violent <br />Terrorizing<br />Selfish<br />Signified: <br />Peaceful<br />Calm<br />Noble<br />Diplomatic<br />Non-violent<br />Compassionate<br />Attention averse<br />
    8. 8. Fiona: the princess<br />Signifier: ogre princess<br />Signifier: princess<br />Signified: <br />Damsel in distress<br />Waiting for her prince charming<br />Hopelessly romantic<br />Beautiful<br />Sophisticated <br />Signified: <br />Spunky<br />Fiery<br />Brave<br />Witty<br />Martial arts expert<br />Outspoken<br />
    9. 9. Donkey: the Sidekick<br />Signifier: donkey (animal)<br />Signifier: donkey (the sidekick) <br />Signified:<br />Friendly<br />Beast of burden<br />Dumb<br />Dependant<br />Docile<br />Signified:<br />Witty<br />Comical<br />Talkative<br />Persistent<br />Irritating<br />
    10. 10. Shrek Vs Prince Phillip<br />
    11. 11. Foina Vs Aurora<br />
    12. 12. Donkey Vs Royal Steed<br />
    13. 13. Paradigmatic Analysis : What Emerged <br />Signifiers in Shrek are un-substitutable <br />break Stereotypes <br />multi layered characters.<br />The film emerges as an entirely unique parole keeping the langue of the fairytale intact<br />
    14. 14. Thank You <br />Questions ?<br />Group 14<br />AnkitaRojindar<br />IlaKhanolkar<br />NaliniVeeraghanta<br />Nitasha Nair<br />PriyankaVahini<br />RituBanerji<br />