The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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Irony Just a question here- can anybody tell me what are the irony in the princess bride?

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Well, for the most part - these are all examples of situational irony.  Situational irony is when what the reader expects to happen does not happen; when what does happen is unexpected; or when the outcome of a seemingly common event goes astray from the norm.

This entire book is a satire.  This means it is purposefully making fun of something cliche (in this case, fairy tales, hero stories, traditional love stories).  This is not to say the entire thing is a big joke.  It is simply to point out that instead of re-writing yet another fairy tale love story, William Goldman puts unexpected twists on every detail that would otherwise look like a cliche.  I encourage you to look at the ironies in this story from a comparative perspective.  Ask yourself, "If this was a typical romantic story or typical fairy tale, what would I expect to happen here?"  When what you've...

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Thanks for the points and evidences. But can somebody help me elaborate them further, like adding in insights and thoughts?

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