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Princess Bride One Edit

Princess Bride One Edit

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Published by: Jeremy Keeshin on Jun 09, 2007
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Jeremy Keeshin
Character Development
In
The Princess Bride
 by William Goldman, the character William Goldman is ahumorous, multifaceted, perfectionist, cynic who attempts to shape the world to his ownliking. His obsessive quality is clearly evident in the fact that he goes to extreme lengthsto acquire the book by S. Morgenstern for his son Jason. You also see his cynicism in theway that he harasses his son for being overweight. As he states, “The boy is overweight.All I suggested was he might leave a few potatoes for the rest of the world and stuff onthis lovely prime pot roast your treasure has whipped up for my triumpahant return”(Goldman 24). He says right to his son’s face and to his wife that he remonstrates againsthis son’s eating habits. Another example of the way Goldman tries to shape the world tohis liking is the way that he creates the good parts version of 
The Princess Bride
. As hesays in the book, “I’d kind of bridge where there were skips in the narrative and leave thegood parts alone” (Goldman 29). The fact that he wants to take a book from his youth andcompletely alter it to his taste is a showing of his control and his humor because that issomething one would not see everyday.
Stories and Storytelling
In
The Princess Bride
by William Goldman, many tools of storytelling are used to changethe flow, such as the concept of breaking the fourth wall and the idea of maintaining astory within a story. The reader is introduced to the story of William Goldman searchingfor a book for his son. Once he gets it, he reads his son the abridged version of the story.That is the epitome of the idea of having story within a story. The concept of breaking thefourth wall is used also in this story. As Goldman states in his parenthetical comments,“Lie: I remember 
exactly
what I said, except it’s too goonlike to put it down; ye gods, I’m
 
Jeremy Keeshinforty years old” (Goldman 13). This was an excerpt from part of note from Goldmantelling the account of what he said to Sandy Sterling. The interesting thing about manyof the little side notes in the parentheses is that their main point is contradicting or confirming what he just stated in the previous sentence. This side note idea contributed tohumor of the story, and I will discuss that in the following paragraph.
Comedy
In
The Princess Bride
by William Goldman, humor is what keeps the reader into the book, and is achieved by funny ironic statements and things that sound so goofy that it’salmost impossible to not laugh. When Goldman talks of his son he says: “He runs(waddles)” (Goldman 22). In that instance, Goldman was poking fun at his son for beingoverweight and he repeated the joke of saying that instead of running, he waddles. Thewhole good parts concept is hilarious because it asks the redundant question, why wouldanyone want to read the bad parts? Goldman also states, “And true love you can forgetabout too. I don’t know if I love anything truly any more beyond the porterhouse at Peter Luger’s and the cheese enchilada at El Parador’s (Sorry about that Helen)” (Goldman30). This statement is humorous because he is saying that he loves food over his wife,which is probably true, and is exactly what makes that funny. There is also that one paragraph that says “Chocolate” (Goldman 33). The reason that is funny is because itsone word and its random and those two things make something funny. Another instancehe says, “The horse’s name was “Horse” (Buttercup was never long on imagination)”(Goldman 35). This statement is comedic because this is the lamest name you could possibly come up for about anything. It is similar to calling a person “Human” or a dog“Dog.” But people do call dogs “dog,” so that nullifies that last statement. However,

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