The Princess Bride

Topics: The Princess Bride, Inigo Montoya, Epic poetry Pages: 16 (5126 words) Published: April 9, 2013

Peyton 1 LaKenya Peyton
ENG 101-04
Epic Paper
There are always hardships and battles that a person must experience in order to have true love. Some people give up with fighting for love, while others fight until their last breath. In the epic movie, The Princess Bride, the characters go through many obstacles, so they can achieve this type of real love; in any epic story, the hero must fight certain battles in order to accomplish this task. The story has three main battles that Westley must face, so he can save his lady love, the battle against her kidnappers, the battle against nature (the Fire Swamp), and the battle against Prince Humperdink.

To begin with, Westley has to face each of Buttercup’s kidnappers in a battle, so he can save her. Each fight becomes harder as he goes along with his quest to save Buttercup. The first battle is a battle of skill against Inigo Montoya. Inigo has trained for 20 years on a quest to avenge his father’s murder, and he has become very swift with his sword. He tells Westley that he wants to give him a fair shot in the battle because he likes him. After Westley defeats Inigo, he moves on to his next battle which is against Fezzik, the giant. This battle against Fezzik is a battle of brawn. Fezzik is an enormous giant also hired by Vizzini, along with Inigo to help him kidnap Buttercup. Before the battle begins, Fezzik throws a rock at Westley to try to startle him. Westley already knows that this battle will be tougher than his battle with Inigo, so he jumps on Fezzik’s back to weaken the giant’s strength. Finally after a tiresome battle, Westley beats the giant, and he moves on to his final and hardest battle against Vizzini, which is a battle of brains. Vizzini thinks that he is so smart and that no one can outsmart him. He has no compassion or remorse for anything or anyone and this is why this battle is the most important. The battle against Vizzini is important because he threatened the princess’ life, and in turn he has to die. Peyton 2 Once Vizzini is defeated and killed, Westley is able to capture the princess and move on to his new battle for love.

Moving along, Westley has his three fights against humans, and next he and Buttercup have to go through the battle against nature. The battle of the Fire Swamp has three different trials they have to tackle in order to make it out the cave safely. The first trial is the fire spurts. Although these big spurts of fire are easily overcome, they catch Westley off guard, and he and Buttercup are almost burned. As in any epic battle, the second fight is always harder than the first because the hero has to prove his strength and ability. The second obstacle they face is the lightning sand or quick sand. The sand almost defeats Westley and Buttercup when it pulls her underneath. Like the true hero he is, Westley saves her by jumping in the sand behind her with a vine to get them out. The last battle Buttercup and Westley have to face is ROUS (Rodents of Unusual Size). This is the final and hardest battle because Westley uses his strength and his sword to win this fight. The battle becomes very difficult when the rodent attacks Westley, but he overpowers the rodent and defeats it.

Finally is the battle against Prince Humperdink. In most stories, the prince is the hero and the savior but not in The Princess Bride. At the end of the Fire Swamp battle, Prince Humperdink is revealed as the real villain. Humperdink thinks that he can’t be beaten and that he knows everything. He has no love in his heart which is why it’s hard for him to believe that true love exists. After the prince finds Buttercup and Westley, he promises Buttercup that he’ll return Westley to his ship, but he really plans on killing him. Humperdink sends him to the Pit of Despair, so Westley will be tortured...
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