01 Aug 2009

Essays on The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is an excellent example of a classical love story, and yet another example of why you should never “watch the movie” in place of reading the book.  Between book and movie, there are enough differences that instructors can easily detect those who have relied on the movie who often find themselves with a poor grade and at very least a verbal warning against academic cheating.

Westley is a farm boy who falls in love with Buttercup the most beautiful woman in the world.  He begins to follow her and do as she wishes, each time saying the phrase “As you wish,” even as she patronizingly calls him “farmboy” instead of by name.  Over time, Buttercup finds herself falling in love with the gentle farm boy, realizing it only after becoming jealous of another woman daring to show interest in Westley and ends up declaring her love for him.  Westley leaves for America to find his fortune so that he can marry Buttercup, but disappears, reportedly after a villainous pirate, the Dread Pirate Roberts, had attacked his ship, and Buttercup begins to think that Westley is dead.

Time passes and soon Prince Humperdink, heir to the throne, announces that he will marry Buttercup himself as she is beautiful, yet begins to plan a plot to where he would have her killed and blame it on the neighboring kingdom.  Buttercup is kidnapped shortly thereafter by a band of three brigands: Vizzini, Fezzik, and Inigo.

Taking her to the cliff coast of Guilder, they find themselves followed by a mysterious man in black.  Confronted by the man in black, they are defeated one by one in tests of dexterity (fencing), strength (wrestling) and wits.  Fezzik and Inigo are left unconscious, but Vizzini is killed. The man in black then takes Buttercup for himself and flees across the landscape of Guilder.  Buttercup learns that the man in is in fact Westley so she follows him. They attempt to avoid capture by Prince Humperdink by fleeing through the perilous Fireswamp.  Emerging from the far side, however, they find Humperdink and his men waiting for them.  Westley is put into the prince’s dungeon, the “Zoo of Death,” even though Humperdink had promised Buttercup that Westley would be returned to his ships.

Meanwhile, Fezzik and Inigo team up again and begin searching for the man in black, having been impressed at his skill in defeating them.  Learning of Westley’s and Buttercup’s plights, the set out to rescue the lovers and reunite them.

In the contests against Vizzini, Fezzik and Inigo, Westley shows himself superior in each of the virtues of skill, strength and wits.  Describe how this is significant not in the necessity of progressing the storyline, but in the effect on Westley’s relationship with Buttercup in comparison with the qualities women today claim to seek in mates.

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