Princess Bride Analysis

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Princess Bride is a critically-acclaimed film based on a novel that includes strong aspects of the hero’s journey. Rob Reiner, the director, creates a perfect mix of comedy, fantasy, and romance which successfully delivers the deconstructive interpretation that Inigo Montoya is the hero of the story rather than “the man in black”. Inigo Montoya’s call to adventure begins when his father is unrightfully murdered by the six-fingered villain and his drive for revenge establishes the events that lead to the rescue of the princess bride. A close reading of the text reveals without Inigo Montoya’s presence in the storyline the hero’s journey would not have been able to be completed, hence making him the protagonist. It all begins with a magnificent …show more content…
When Inigo Montoya has to face his third and final trial, it is a conflict of morality as he has to bring Westley, the “man in black”, back to life. Inigo Montoya needs to establish how much he will do to forward his mission of revenge; he achieves the impossible and brings back Westley with a miracle. There are more trials that Inigo Montoya has to face that Westley did not face which uninhibitedly adds more to Inigo’s journey. Presumably, Inigo Montoya is prepared for the final stage of his mission after passing his trials and befriending a former enemy. At this point, Westley’s and Inigo’s storyline merge as both their awaiting ordeals lie within the castle of Florin. In retrospect though, Inigo Montoya experiences fear and doubt before the approach that Westley did not. This gives Inigo a hero background that has depth, and for the viewers the ability to feel empathy towards him, thusly allowing Inigo to be the real hero of the …show more content…
You killed my father. Prepare to die,” Rugen cowardly runs away. Deconstructively, this reflects the major climax of the story as this is the first time Inigo and Rugen have been face to face since Rugen murdered Montoya’s father. Inigo Montoya is everything a hero should be honest, skilled, and courageous, but these traits will be his downfall like many other heroes’ before him. Rugen is deceitful and does not play by honest rules, so as typical villains would do, Rugen sneak attacked Inigo Montoya with a dagger through his gut. All things considered, Inigo Montoya has something other heroes do not and that is an “overdeveloped sense of vengeance” which carries him from the edge of death to life as a determined son looking for justice. Weighed down by the burden of a sword, and a promise on his lips, Inigo Montoya finally achieves his purpose in life and kills the six-fingered villain. Consequently, any man or women on a path of vengeance does not receive a physical treasure, but Inigo Montoya is given the satisfaction of finally avenging his father and this will facilitate his life from now

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