Social Psychological Principles in "Shrek" Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of three social-psychological principles in the movie "Shrek", directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson.
# 151437 | 1,508 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2012 in Psychology (Social) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The paper outlines the main content of the film "Shrek" and analyzes the three social-psychological principles of schemas, prejudice and cognitive dissonance. The paper highlights how the movie demonstrates the application of these social-psychological principles.

Schemas in Shrek
Prejudice in Shrek
Cognitive Dissonance in Shrek

From the Paper:

"Shrek tells the story of a green ogre named Shrek and a princess named Fiona. Shrek was feared by all the people in the town of Duloc. He lived alone in a swamp, which he one day found to be swamped with fairy tale creatures. The fairy tale creatures had no choice but to take refuge in Shrek's swamp after they were banished and exiled to the woods by Lord Farquaad. Wanting to restore the peace in his life and fervently desiring to live on his own, he went to Duloc to ask Lord Farquaad to give him back his land. However, it wasn't going to be easy for Shrek to get back his swamp without getting anything in return. Lord Farquaad entered into an agreement with Shrek - Shrek was to help Lord Farquaad in his dream of becoming the ruler of a kingdom by rescuing Princess Fiona so that Lord Farquaad can marry her. In return, Lord Farquaad would give Shrek back his swamp and take away all the fairy tale creatures who took temporary residence there. Shrek agreed to this agreement and he was soon on a journey to rescue Princess Fiona. After rescuing Princess Fiona, who did not expect to be rescued by an ogre, he started to fall in love with her."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Katsenberg, J., Warner, A., & Williamson, J. H. (Producer), & Adamson, A, & Jenson, V. (Director). (2001). Shrek [Motion picture]. United States: DreamWorks SKG
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