Your analysis will take the form of a detailed response to the questions listed below. The questions ask you to examine the monomyth (the hero’s quest) in the animated film Shrek (2001).
Questions for Written Analysis:
1.What qualities or traits does Shrek embody as a hero?
2.Does Shrek have any flaws? If so, what are they? Explain in detail.
3.How is Shrek summoned on his quest, what is the “Call to Adventure”? Explain in detail, using specific examples.
4.What is the goal of Shrek’s quest, what does he need to and/or want to accomplish?
5.When does Shrek “Cross the Threshold” from the known world to the unknown world in the film?
6.What are the trials that Shrek goes through on his quest, and what obstacles does he overcome? Explain in detail, using specific examples.
7.Does Shrek have a supernatural or a mortal helper? Who or what is it? How does it help Shrek in his quest? Explain, using specific examples.
8.What is the “elixir” of Shrek’s quest? Is it achieved? How? Explain, using specific examples.
9.In what way(s) does the film not fit the monomyth of the hero’s quest? Explain, and be as thorough as possible in your response.
10.What are the moral lessons of the film? Be specific in your response and use examples from the film.