Archetype of Fiona from Shrek

Jun 5, 2016
by: eaglej19

Today I'm piking out an archetyped character from the movie Shrek. For those of you who don't know, Shrek i9s a movie about the quest of a hero trying to save a cursed damsel stuck in a castle guarded by a dragon (very, very simplified version. The person I'm going to talk about is Fiona, the damsel cursed (spoiler alert) to turn ugly at night. She has a very common archetype, the damsel in distress who gets or shows more skills and abilities until the "damsel" is often regarded by the audience to be on the same level as the hero, if not higher. for example, when Shrek (the hero)first meets Fiona, she is supposedly a helpless woman who has been dreaming since birth about someone rescuing her. However, as the story progresses, you find out she can do some pretty extreme martial arts and she follows the stereotypical damsel in distress role less and less as the story progresses. By the end, she has the total respect of everyone around her and is as or more likable than Shrek himself.