What is the plot of The Princess Bride in short?

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In short, the story of The Princess Bride, is a love story that undergoes sensational obstacles for satirical purposes. The story is actually a book about a book. What I mean by that is that it opens with a Grandfather reading to his grandson this famous tale, and the author maintains this conversation the grandfather has with his audience as he reads the story.

The story itself is about Wesley, a farm hand, and Buttercup, an only child upper teen. He loves her, and it takes her time to realize she loves him. Once she figures it out, he takes off to become the man she needs him to be. Later, royalty comes for Buttercup and she just goes with it even though she is madly in love with Wesley. She hasn't heard from him. She resolves to live a loveless life and marry into the royal family. Soon she is kidnapped by a team of bandits: Inigo, Fezzik, and Vizzini. Wesley comes to get her back and thwarts these guys, but eventually the royal family catches him and tortures him... without telling Buttercup. He dies. But, is brought back to life by two of the previous bandits. They work to get him back together with Buttercup before she goes through with the wedding.

It's a big story made to poke fun at the absurd lengths people go to for love. Many details are missing here... make sure you get in a good read.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This excellent romantic fairy tale written by William Goldman features the young lovers Buttercup and Westley. The beautiful but haughty Buttercup considers herself much better than the farm boy, Westley, who she treats in a scornful manner at every turn. However, Westley politely does her bidding willingly. Eventually, Buttercup falls for Westley, and they profess their love for one another. Howver, Westley decides to head to America where, at some point, he is waylayed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. After Roberts decides to retire, Westley takes over as the Dread Pirate himself. He eventually returns home to rescue Buttercup, who is to marry the more dreadful Prince Humperdinck. Along the way, he outwits a hunchbacked genius, Vizzini; outfights the giant Fezzik; kills a giant rodent; and defeats the master swordsman, Indigo Montoya. Eventually, he reveals his true identity to Buttercup, overcomes the prince, and rides off with his princess bride--presumably to live happily ever after.