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Shrek – The Hero’s journey breakdown

Ordinary world

Shrek lives in swamp alone, he likes his privacy. He doesn’t have any relationship with the outside world.

Call to Adventure

Lord Farquad sends fairy tale creatures to be exiled to his swamp, destroying his way of life.

Refusal of the call

Shrek refuses to accept this and goes to find out who is responsible.

Supernatural Aid

Donkey is his mentor, he teaches him how to be a better person and a friend.

Belly of the whale

Entering Lord Farquad’s castle and fighting all his knights. Usually this stage happens either just after the crossing of the First threshold but often it is just before it as well. It’s the first battle which he nearly dies. (Although he easily defeats all the challengers he is held at bay by the knights by their pole axes and agrees to Lord Farquad’s offer)

Crossing the First Threshold

Lord Farquad promises him he’ll give him back his swamp if he rescues Princess Fiona  and so he goes on the journey with his new partner Donkey.

The Road of the trials

One of the stages of the road of trials is a Dragon Battle and he literally fights a Dragon in this stage to rescue the Princess from the castle.

Meeting with the Goddess

He rescues Princess Fiona and she turns out to be very different from what he imagined and she chastises him “You shouldn’t judge people before you get to know them.”

Woman as Temptress

This was omitted in this story, although you may disagree, if so feel free to list the moment you think is the Temptress in the comments below.

Death of the mentor

Shrek and Donkey have a fight and break up.

Atonement with the Father

Shrek reveals to Donkey that he’s sad because people judge him before they get to know him and that’s why he likes being alone.

Apotheosis

Apotheosis in Shrek takes the form of knowledge and that happens when Donkey discovers that Fiona is an ogre are night and a princess during the day.

Ultimate Boon

Shrek hands over the Princess and gets the deed to his swamp. His mission which began with the Call to adventure has now been completed, however he still has something to do. This story is a very clear example of the initial goal of a story is completed by the end of Act II however, he now has a new goal to complete in Act III.

The Magic flight

After the Donkey has talked him into going back to declare his love for Fiona he realizes that he’s too late and there’s no way he can get there in time to stop her wedding. Donkey has the answer, he’s brought his new love the Dragon and flies him back to stop the wedding.

The crossing of the return Threshold

Shrek runs into the church to stop the wedding and publically declare his love.

Rescue from without

The Dragon breaks into the church and eats

Master of two worlds

Shrek and Fiona kiss and her curse is broken, she doesn’t understand that she still an ugly ogress until Shrek tells her that she is beautiful to him.

Freedom to live

Shrek and Fiona get married in the swamp and go on their honeymoon

 

 

11 Comments

  1. […] Journey. (N.D.). Shrek – The Hero’s journey breakdown.Available: http://gordonnapier.com/shrek-the-heros-journey-breakdown/. Last accessed […]

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  2. Thanks so much. Im in 8th grade and i had an assignment for Shrek on the sequence of the events or something. and i didnt know what boon meant so i search it up and found about all the information i needed!!! You worked hard thanks.

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    1. Good Logan, Study hard in school and one day you too could create a website and make no money from it. Dare to dream children

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  3. thank you so much ur a life saver
    helped me understand so many things my teacher putdown for this assignment

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    1. That’s good Luna. Joseph Campbell’s books are good read if you have time. This website serves as an introduction to his teaching with a slant towards modern film.

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      1. NO ONE READS BOOKS

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  4. I think that the woman as a temptress could be the dragon with donkey. She falls in love with him, and donkey becomes preoccupied with her as she captures him and they flirt.

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    1. SPOILER ALERT!!

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  5. i really hate shrek, he is really ugly and is mean to donkey

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  6. Thank you for uploading this it really helped me with an assessment task man but I hope I ace it with my work to thanks anyway!

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    1. Good, if you get an A please come back and tell everyone

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