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Inter texual References in William Goldmans novel "The Princess Bride".

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William Goldman?s novel, The Princess Bride has different intertextual references. Goldman?s novel has several intertextual references such as the irony in Shrek, the relationship between ?The Good parts version abridged? and the fictional ?S.Morgenstern?s- Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure. Lastly there are the unrealities of the setting. Firstly. Goldman?s novel has an intertextual reference with Shrek. They share the same aspect of irony where the positive character is someone that before you get to learn more about them would have a negative image[Shrek(an ogre) ...read more.


This shows a strong relationship between the two texts. Secondly, there is the relationship between the two texts created in Goldman?s novel. This is between ?S.Morgenstern?s, Classic Tale of True love and high adventure? and ?W.Goldman?s, The Good Parts Version Abridged?. ?Morgenstern wasn?t writing any children?s book, he was writing a kind of satiric history of his country and the decline of the monarchy in western civilisation.?(W.Goldman, The Princess Bride, 1973, Pg. 29). In the text there is a disparity of historical events and dates don?t match up. ...read more.


It also gives a fairy tale aspect that the S.Morgenstern story wasn?t true. Lastly, is the relationship between, how the story is in the prologue is presented as a non-fictional novel with the unrealities of the setting. Such as the tree with a magical knob, that leads into a secret torture room, a fire swamp (swamp that randomly shoots out fire) and the Cliffs of Insanity. All of these settings have a fairy tale or magical feeling or sound about them. Obviously these settings don?t exist in a non-fictional novel as it would have been presented by Goldman. ...read more.

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