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.
A Semiotic Analysis Of Shrek: a real fairy tale? Vis-à-vis traditional fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty)
Agenda Fairy Tales Shrek: Unique? Semiotic analysis of Shrek as a Fairy Tale Concepts Analysis Characters Through some scenes
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)
Concepts used Background Reading : VladmirPropp
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
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
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
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
Donkey: the Sidekick Signifier: donkey (animal) Signifier: donkey (the sidekick) Signified: Friendly Beast of burden Dumb Dependant Docile Signified: Witty Comical Talkative Persistent Irritating
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
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