Jeremy Keeshin Stories and Storytelling A key element of the novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman is obviously

the manner in which the story is told in, a vital part of that being the side comments the author gives to the reader. In my earlier paragraph I discussed the idea of breaking the fourth 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 him to tell many stories simultaneously, the one of Buttercup and Fezzik and the gang, and the one 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 about the subsequent tragedy (Goldman 208). This is of interest because it allows him to give multiple perspectives in the same book, and still leave the reader interested. Key Character Development In the book The Princess Bride by William Goldman, the character Westley, alias “the man 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, Westley is the innocent farm boy, and that is about all. As the book continues and the reader learns of 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, defeat of the best fencer, strongest giant, and keenest mind, and coping with torcher all prove his mental and physical strength as a person. A showing of his strength is after the Count and the Prince are arguing how much Westley will suffer from the torcher. The book goes on to say, “Westley suffered not at all throughout” (Goldman 216). This describes the extent

Jeremy Keeshin to which Westley would go for his love Buttercup. He would scale the largest cliffs (literally) and deal with the worst situation just to be with her. We continue to learn more and more as the book develops, and most likely this trend will continue for the rest of the book Comedy In the book The Princess Bride by William Goldman, comedy is used to keep the story moving along, as well as adding nuance to the plot and giving the reader a good laugh. In this section the reader witnesses the epitome of “The Goldman Mook.” This is a comedic tool that was named to describe the way that Goldman tricks the reader into believing one thing and then pulls back to show the other; a requirement also being that this is done while being funny. As it talks about the wedding preparations it says, “His father was just no help at all, refusing either to expire or stop mumbling (you thought his father was dead but that was in the fake-out, don’t forget-Morgenstern was just edging into the nightmare sequence, so don’t be confused) and start making sense” (Goldman 220). This instance is especially funny because he is addressing a little subconscious voice in the reader’s head that is asking that exact same question. This technique is continued, yet altered slightly throughout the book, and makes for a very interesting read.

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