The Princess Bride Essay

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An author of a book plays a crucial part in the novel’s creation. The book tells you a little a bit about the author, his or her creativity and lastly their intellectual capacity. The author of the book The Princess Bride is William Goldman. Goldman was born August 12, 1931 in Chicago, Illionis, U.S. Goldman is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He got his BA degree at Oberlin College in 1952 and his MA degree at Columbia University in 1956. William Goldman had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway prior to writing his screenplays. Two of his notable works include his novel Marathon Man and comedy-fantasy novel The Princess Bride, both of which Goldman ...view middle of the document...

Nearby the Fire Swamps straddle between Florin and GUILDER. Westley and Buttercup flee into the Fire Swamp out of necessity and are caught on the other side by Prince Humperdinck. All these places have significant meanings to them. They help develop the story and create a better sense of the novel. The time, place, circumstance, and environment are key to a successful book. Without the setting, the book would just be words. The images come from the era the story takes place, the place the characters are, the environment in which the characters live, and the circumstances in which the characters face.

The significance of characters in a book is to get the reader feel and imagine what the characters are going through. Readers need to be able to relate, hold an emotional attachment to the characters. Readers adore characters that are chocked full with depth, characters that are multi-layered and intricate and books filled with character development. Readers love characters with morals and real feelings, characters that have redeeming qualities and aren't just strange with a bristled demeanor, but yet somehow everyone is drawn to them for it. In order for people to completely fawn over a series, characters shouldn’t simply be the crutch of a story, they should be the story. In the book, The Princess Bride, Buttercup a farm girl who lives in the country Florin, falls helplessly in love with Westley, a farm boy. Buttercup’s incentive is virtually nothing before she falls in love with Westley and after she believes for him to be dead. She happily moves through her days and vows never to love another man again and plans to keep to her promise, but is certainly willing to go through the formality involved to become queen. Is it self-centring of her? Maybe. The option of life over death is her main contributor to her decisions. She marries Humperdinck instead of opting for death, and she jumps into the shark-infested water rather than having her throat slit by Vizzini. The loss of Westley in the Fire Swamp pushes her to desperately bring him back throughout the rest of the book. In her core, Buttercup is a common farm girl who happens to be daring, ardent and beautiful, and in the end it is her beauty that moves the men who move the plot, not her intelligence or spunk. Furthermore, Westley, Buttecup’s lover, predetermination was entirely by his love for Buttercup. He explains to her in chapter one that everything he does, he does to please her: "I have taught myself languages because of you. I have made my body strong because I thought you might be pleased by a strong body." At various points in the story, his love-directed desire besets many other ends, and he learns everything the world can teach and offer him, with the exclusive aspiration that it might one day prove useful in reclaiming his beloved. In short, he is the fitting man, just as Buttercup is the fitting woman, despite their imperfections. To end off, Prince Humperdinck tries to...

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