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The Hidden Meaning in The Princess Bride

I’ve been a fan of The Princess Bride since I was a child. Something about the daring rescue, the high stakes, and the quasi-magical setting had me hook, line, and sinker.

When I first read the book by William Goldman, I didn’t understand why there were all the modern-day interludes in there. (I was young, give me a break). I thought S. Morgenstern was a real author. I believed all of that. Such is the beauty of fairy tales, though.

Today, I want to break down the classic film to demonstrate how the contemporary cutaways are not only appropriate, they are vital to communicating the deeper meaning found in the story.

We’re talking symbolism, we’re talking thematic elements, we’re talking dramatic question. We’re talking secret messages. We’re talking hidden meanings. We’re explaining why there’s a prologue.

Oh yeah, it’s storytime.

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