Running head: SHREK ANALYSIS 1
SHREK ANALYSIS 4
Couple Therapy for Shrek and Fiona
Mary Page Smith
Cal Southern University
Introduction of Shrek and Fiona
Shrek is an ogre who lives in a swamp and values his privacy. In fact, he will go to any length to be alone. At the beginning of the story, his swamp is invaded by other story book characters. In order to get these characters out his swamp he agrees to rescue a princess from a castle guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. Much to Shrek's dismay, he is accompanied on his journey by a talking donkey that is extremely hyperactive, inattentive and annoying. For Shrek, who's main goal is to be alone, this is a challenging proposition.
Fiona is the princess whom Shrek rescues and ultimately falls in love with. Princess Fiona, however, has been bewitched. She is a princess by day, and an ogre by night.
She was hidden away in the tower by her father to prevent others from knowing about her condition. We later learn that her father, who in reality is a frog, made a deal with the mother of Prince Charming. Fiona was to be rescued by the prince, and then the kiss of true love would solidify her condition as a princess. Of course, there is a little twist of plot, and Shrek ends up being the rescuer.
The relationship between Shrek and Fiona evolves, and Shrek realizes that perhaps he does not want to be alone, and Fiona comes to fully appreciate the fact that Shrek truly loves her despite her appearance. At the end of the movie, Fiona and Shrek return to the swamp with Donkey to live happily ever after.
As with most happily ever after stories, we, the audience, don't get to see what...