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Princess Bride Next

Princess Bride Next

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Published by Jeremy Keeshin

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Published by: Jeremy Keeshin on Jun 09, 2007
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Jeremy KeeshinStories and StorytellingA key element of the novel
The Princess Bride
by William Goldman is obviously themanner in which the story is told in, a vital part of that being the side comments theauthor gives to the reader. In my earlier paragraph I discussed the idea of breaking thefourth wall, where the author steps out of the story to say some additional comment.However, in this section, the author does this much more frequently. This tool allows himto tell many stories simultaneously, the one of Buttercup and Fezzik and the gang, and theone of William Goldman talking to his father when being read the book for the first time,and the one of the older William Goldman. A side comments that he makes in one part of the book starts off by saying, “Grown-ups skip this paragraph” and goes on to talk aboutthe subsequent tragedy (Goldman 208). This is of interest because it allows him to givemultiple perspectives in the same book, and still leave the reader interested.Key Character DevelopmentIn the book 
The Princess Bride
 by William Goldman, the character Westley, alias “theman in black” is continually developed throughout the book, and as the book progresses,his character is laid out more thoroughly. At the beginning of 
The Princess Bride
, Westleyis the innocent farm boy, and that is about all. As the book continues and the reader learnsof his love for Buttercup and the lengths to which he goes to be with her, a new aspect of determination and strength really shows through. His climb of the Cliff of Insanity, defeatof the best fencer, strongest giant, and keenest mind, and coping with torcher all prove hismental and physical strength as a person. A showing of his strength is after the Count andthe Prince are arguing how much Westley will suffer from the torcher. The book goes onto say, “Westley suffered not at all throughout” (Goldman 216). This describes the extent

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