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Westley might be considered an unusual character. While his mythology and background could be seen as a typical hero, Westley really is not the normal hero. He endures insults from Buttercup and starts off in the lowest rung of the social order. While he experiences the "derring- do" of swashbuckling ends, he does so rather inadvertently. It's out of being kidnapped that he ends up living the life of the Dread Pirate. Westley is not conscious of being a hero or a heroic figure. This is what makes him unusual. We look to him as a figure or leading protagonist, but he is not really one who sees himself in such a manner. Part of why he is like this is that Westley never fully embraces his love for Buttercup. This makes him unusual in the narrative. Traditionally, the reader is accustomed to a character who is able to embrace their "destiny" to love the damsel. Westley is unusual because of his divergence from this configuration.
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