The Princess Bride Essay

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The movie, "The Princess Bride," also a novel written by William Goldman, is the wonderful tale of Buttercup, a beautiful young woman of Florin and Westley, her beloved farmboy, whose true love guides them through many struggles and leads them to a "happily ever-after ending." It is a classic example of the romantic mode, with its great deeds, pageantry, and courtly love. The hero, Westley, is on a quest to rescue his beloved Buttercup, but many obstacles stand in his way. "The Princess Bride" illustrates the elements of the romantic mode through Westley's journey to save his love, the many supernatural occurrences that take place in the imaginative land, and the positive and negative values of a society.Westley's journey is the first example of the romantic theme in "The Princess Bride." In the romantic mode, the romantic hero sets out on a journey, where he encounters many ordeals and tests. The romantic hero in "The Princess Bride," Westley, begins his journey to find his fortune across the sea, in order to marry his beloved Buttercup and be able to provide for her. As in accordance with romantic mode, Westley encounters many struggles and tests through his journey. Along his way, he is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts, but he eventually makes friends with him, and the title is passed on to Westley himself. Back in Florin however, Buttercup has been announced the future queen, and captured by three travelers, Fezzik, the giant; Inigo Montoya, the Spaniard/swordsman; and Vizzini, the brain. The travelers were hired by Prince Humperdink to kill Buttercup, framing the neighboring country, Guilder. Westley finds Buttercup in the possession of the travelers once they arrive at Guilder, climbing the Cliffs of Insanity. Westley must first sword fight the Spaniard in order to progress, which de does easily. His next battle is with the giant, Fezzik, whom he also manages to defeat. His third battle is with Vizzini, the brain of the group. Westley manages to trick him at a game of whit, which leaves Vizzini dead. As a result of beating the three travelers, Buttercup is now in the hands of Westley. The next problem the lovers face is that they are being followed by Prince Humperdink, so they journey into the fire swamp. Inside the fire swamp, the couple face the three terrors: the fire spurt, which there are able to avoid because it makes a loud popping sound right before it spurts; the lightning sand, which Buttercup discovered; and the R.O.U.S.'s, Rodents of Unusual Size, whom Westley defeats with minimal wounds. Westley and Buttercup are able to escape the fire swamp, but Humperdink and his men catch up with them before they get very far. Humperdink takes Buttercup back to the castle, and falsely promises that Westley will be returned to his pirate ship on the coast. Instead, Westley is locked in the Pit of Despair where he is tortured to death. With the help of Inigo Montoya and Fezzik however, he is rescued from the Pit and brought back to life...

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