Jeremy Keeshin Stories and Storytelling In the novel The Princess Bride, the author, William Goldman, uses

many storytelling techniques to make for an interesting story, such as switching between time frames in different points of time. An interesting part of this technique is that he addresses it in his side comments about Morgenstern, when he uses it himself later in the book. As is says in the book, “what happens basically is an alternation of scenes” (Goldman 279). This alternation is puzzling to the reader, but while it does that it adds suspense to the story. Goldman uses this especially in the scenes when Westley is trying to find Buttercup, Inigo is fighting the Count, and Fezzik is trying not to get lost. He mentions the time frame at which the scene is occurring, and then switches locations and talks about a previous time. An example on page 298 of the text is when he mentions how Count Rugen and the Guards are rounding the corner at 5:34, but then in the next paragraph the wedding is happening at 5:27. This technique, along with the other ones Goldman used previously make for a fascinating read. Character Development In the Princess Bride by William Goldman, the character Inigo is one of the most multifaceted characters, and the culmination of his actions come at the end with his defeat of Rugen. Throughout the book, Inigo Montoya (son of Domingo Montoya, obviously), was a determined character. From the time of his father’s death he was out to kill the six-fingered man, no matter what it took. He took fencing lessons until he was a wizard. After failing to originally beat Rugen, Inigo defeated him at the castle in the billiards room. Inigo’s strongest characteristic may have been loyalty, as he was always loyal to his father’s memory, Fezzik, and Vizzini. His continual chant of “Hello. My

Jeremy Keeshin name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die” is a perfect example of that (Goldman 307). By continuously reciting his father’s name with pride he is showing who he is and what he is out to do, a sign of his persistency. Comedy In the book The Princess Bride by William Goldman the comedy and satiric statements used are essential to the reading of the novel. When Miracle Max is talking to Inigo and Fezzik he says, “Sonny, don’t you tell me what’s worthwhile—true love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops. Everybody knows that” (Goldman 275). The funniness behind this statement is the sarcastic nature in which it is written. He mentions a topic that seriously could contend for “the most worthwhile thing ever,” but then he compares it to some random object like cough drops, trying to equate them as equally worthwhile. That is funny. Another funny quote is when Westley and Inigo are discussing how the resurrection pill will work. Goldman corrects himself each time he says the time, “Actually it was forty; only they had used up one already in conversation, so it was down to thirty-nine” (Goldman 288). The hilarity behind this quote is that the fact that there are only thirty-nine minutes left instead of forty, is almost trivial in a sense, but the way Goldman refers to it, it becomes laughable. Quotes and excerpts like these are the core of the story that keep the reader involved with the plot.

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