The Archetype of the Ruler

Lord Farquaad from the film Shrek is the embodiment of the archetype of the ruler. In his quest for power and control, he asks Shrek to retrieve for him a princess that had been locked away in a tower far far away. Lord Farquaad’s motivation for this request is so that he can gain more power and control by marrying the princess to become King. This greed for power and control goes along with the archetype of the ruler. The physical elements of fancy medieval clothes in the colors of red and gold that he wears add to this character’s archetype because these colors go along with royalty and high class rulers. Because the character Shrek is so unpredictable and chaotic, the main motivation for the creation of Lord Farquaad is to be an antagonist to Shrek. Lord Farquaad is the antagonist of Shrek because he hates chaos and is in constant need of control. Despising chaos and having the need for control are two characteristics that go along with the archetype of a ruler as well.

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