Gender Roles In William Goldman's The Princess Bride

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Throughout the novel many different relationships are introduced; the complexity of the relationship depends on whether its between friends or lovers. Women are shown to be bossy and the men comply to every demand. Similarly in marriage the wife constantly nags making the relationship seem like there is no love between them. Love between friends exudes unconditional positive regard and a support system. In the father and son relationship love is verbal, but also seen through how the son looks up to his father. Gender roles within the novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman makes male and female relationships seem harsh and unloving compared to the relationships between two male friends, although both relationships depend on love and support.

First, Goldman introduces the relationship between Buttercup and Westley shows the reader that the female character is the one who's always bossy and hard-headed. Buttercup storms into Westley's home and demands he continue working "I want him glistening, and if it takes you all night, it takes all night" (Goldman 54). All Westley every replies to her demands with is "as you wish" (Goldman 54). From an outside perspective the exchange is unloving, but Westley confesses the meaning behind as you wish "Every time you
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