Essay Topic 1
Explain why the actual author, William Goldman, creates a fictitious author, S. Morgenstern, for "The Princess Bride", trying to pass him off as the real author.
1. How does this narrative device present opportunities for Goldman to take creative liberties with the story?
2. What tools and techniques does the author use to make his premise of another author believable?
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast William Goldman's relationship with his son, Jason, and with his father.
1. Which man appears to have a closer relationship with his son? Why?
2. Despite their flawed relationships, how do love and caring show through in the relationship between Goldman and his son? Between Goldman and his father?
3. How does "The Princess Bride" serve as a bridge between the three generations?
4. Are any of these individuals real, or are they merely additional characters in the story? Explain your reasoning.
Essay Topic 3
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