Analysis of Gender Representations in the Movie Shrek Essay

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Analysis of Gender Representations in the Movie Shrek Shrek is a movie that is very different from any movies that one could see so far. It is a computer-animated American comedy film, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, and starring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow. It was based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book Shrek!, and was produced by DreamWorks Animation. Clearly displaying its difference, Shrek was the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2001. Looking at all the three movies that have been produced so far, on can see that the characters of Shrek, who is an ogre and his love Fiona, who is originally a beautiful princess but then becomes an …show more content…
Sometimes one can see Shrek being the emotional one, for instance when he does not know how to tell Fiona he loves her, that is more like a feminine characteristic. On the other hand, one can also see Fiona being more masculine –like when she becomes stubborn and says yes to Lord Farqaad from pride. Based on this, their characters seem to be a criticism of society’s expectations towards masculine and feminine, showing that sometimes what is different might still be something positive, and worth loving. Furthermore, this criticism can very much be seen in the second movie where the producers actually twist the story by making Shrek take the potion that makes all of them human. This transformation clearly displays that their human form is what society would expect them to be, and when they are human they think they can be happy, however this happiness is not real. They do not feel themselves, thus they do not feel complete. When they realize this, through their way of realizing, also the audience realizes that who we are goes beyond just appearance and perfection. This goes back to one’s perception of Standpoint theory and Queer Theory because it lets one see that where we are positioned can affect one’s view of the world, and it also allows one to see that there is diversity of how we perceive ourselves. In fact, there are a lot of possibilities out there, and appearance or a difference in behavior or orientation should not be something that

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