Morgenstern’s Contradiction Of Fairy Tales Essay

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“He built a tower to try and be closer to her and walled himself inside.”…She widened her eyes. “How does the story end? Did the sorcerer win his Moon Maiden?” “Of course not,” he said irritably. “She lived on the moon and was quite unattainable. I suppose he must’ve starved or pined away or fallen off the wall at some point.” (Hoyt, Duke of Midnight). This quote is similar to the writing style of Morgenstern; it starts out how you would expect, but then changes at the very last second to surprise the reader. There’s also a slight bit of dark humour in the quote, which is also similar to how Morgenstern writes his books. Morgenstern satirically writes The Princess Bride to disprove many ...view middle of the document...

Humperdinck is also evil because he only married the Princess for the sole purpose to kill her and go to war with Guilder. Prince Humperdinck is manipulative in the book when he forces Princess Buttercup to marry him and when he influences Buttercup’s decision to choose him over Westley.
In this book, Princess Buttercup’s love for Westley relies on her jealousy of the Countess. If it were not for the Countess enticing Westley, Princess Buttercup would have never found out that she loved Westley. While professing her love to Westley, she even states “…but I have loved you for several hours now” (Goldman, 58). This implies that this speech she gives to Westley is based purely upon the attraction she’s felt for less time than it takes to watch a Lord of the Rings movie. Morgenstern satirical writing shows that people who marry aren’t always in true love, as fairy tales always suggest they are. Prince Humperdinck makes it very clear when he ‘proposes’ to Buttercup, "I'll never love you"[said Buttercup] "I wouldn't want it if I had it"[said Prince Humperdinck] (Goldman, 90). When people get married it is because they are in love and want to spend the rest of their lives together, but in this story the exact opposite happens. People who are clearly not in love get married, furthering Morgenstern’s belief that true love does not exist.
In real life, happily ever afters don’t exist the same way they do in fairy tales and Morgenstern exaggerates this point in his writing. In this book, Princess Buttercup’s true love, Westley, comes to rescue her from her captors, but is captured by Prince Humperdinck before he can save her. Westley is put in a torture...

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