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Motifs Of The Princess Bride Essay

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This movie is one that I have always enjoyed and watching it in class gave me a new appreciation for it. The storybook, introduced into the movie by the grandfather, was the first motif that caught my eye. At first you don’t think much about it but it’s a great representation of so many different things. First off, the boy’s reaction to unwrapping the book is one shared by so many kids in today’s society. A book is seen as somewhat of a chore rather than an indulgence or hobby. The grandfather sets the scene to transition into the actual story with the book. Starting the first scene in the boy’s bedroom gives the movie a sense of realism and one that is relatable. The book gave the movie a whole new dimension that I appreciate and commend the directors and authors for creating. The book also represents tradition in their family. It was read to several generations and symbolizes the love that the fathers and grandfathers have for their children. It shows great patience and the desire to spend time with a loved one to read them a book. That is a gift that is slowly being lost as time goes by and technology becomes a larger part of our lives. As the story progresses the book becomes more significant and the viewers also begin to have an appreciation for the story being told. When the movie switches back the boy reacting to certain things you can’t help but sympathize and share his feelings towards the book. I love books and loved how a book was incorporated and used to tell this story.
The second motif that I found significant was the Dread Pirate Robertson’s name. Though he wasn’t an actual character that showed up in the movie he had a big part in shaping and molding this story. It’s because of him that Buttercups grief started which in turn caused her to give in to marrying the horrid Prince...

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