I have not yet finished The Princess Bride but I have already begun to recognize some themes. Even in the first three hundred pages, the reader can begin to notice some themes which are quite common in romance stories. Considering that The Princess Bride is a classic romantic tale, the reader realizes quite early on the importance of love in the story. Goldman specifies these themes later on in the story through the plot. These specific themes include that true love will always find a way and that love can make you do crazy things. Although these themes are some of the most prominent throughout the novel, Goldman also brings back ideas about the driving force of the need for revenge. He does this through Inigo, whose desire for revenge on Count Rugen drives him to train intensely for many years and to take a job as a criminal. Goldman is trying to convey his opinions on the impact our emotions have on our decisions. He also wants to show how determination is important to your success in whatever you do. Both Inigo and Westley are very driven characters, and I feel that their successes come across as Goldman’s desired message about determinations.
I have not read any other books by William Goldman, so I do not know if the ideas he presents in The Princess Bride are relevant throughout all of his stories. The themes that are present in this story are quite common in adventure novels or romance stories. If Goldman’s other stories are part of these genres, it is quite possible that they have some of the same themes or motifs.
The characters in this book make many radical decisions, or decisions which will have a great impact on their life. As a person who dislikes making important decisions, the choices that the characters make forced me to think about making choices in my own life. Almost all of the choices that the characters make are based on their strongest instincts. I feel this is a very important part of decision making.
Overall, I have greatly enjoyed this book so far. I have really enjoyed the action-packed plot and slight comedic tone of the author. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a thrilling tale.