Do you know what an ogre is?
It's a demon, not just a monster, but a demon that eats children. Odd hero for a children's story, isn't it? But this isn't a children's story, this is a story for adults, and what we have become by our own choice. What is it in our society that eats children?
Abortion. Plain and simple.
fairy tales, stories which encode secular values and norms of society. In Shrek, however, that line at best is blurred, the makers putting Scripture on par with fairy tales. We can, then, basically take this book in the beginning of the film, yes, to be the Bible. In its talk of a "lovely princess" and "Love's first kiss," the dragon guarding her in the highest tower, we get all the basic, traditional symbols of romance and Shrek intends to destroy them all.
A Few More Upcoming Films for trailers and discussion). The princess symbolizes the soul, male and female, it is the soul in a state of grace awaiting "the Bridegroom" Christ to come and claim it. The image is a particularly important one for men because, what is a man supposed to desire more than anything else? A wife and family, so symbolizing his own soul as a beautiful, graceful princess would (hopefully) make him realize how desirable his soul being in a state of grace should be to him. The tower in which she is sleeps is both a fortress to protect her from tainting, worldly pleasures and an exercise room of prayer and self-examination, thus the tower symbolizes the "highest" good which one can pursue, perfection of the soul. The sleep of the princess is the slumber spoken of in that loftiest of all wisdom books, The Song of Songs.
|Pentecost, the Apostles and Virgin Mary, Duccio, 1308, tempera on wood.|
Pulp Fiction: A Study In Plato and Aristotle for more). In German, the word "shreck" means "terrible," (for those fans of Nosferatu, the actor playing Count Orlock was named Max Shreck, please see The Undead: Nosferatu). In English, we can say, we would "shr(i)ek" if we knew what he really was: an ogre.
Balaam and his talking ass.
Bad Reputation which has lines such as, I don't give a damn about my bad reputation, a girl can do what she wants to do; this is Fiona's theme song). This makes more sense when we examine the not-so-sensible Farquaad.