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