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What is the use of having Goldman's biographical/publishing-related information as part of this story?

Can you find anything significant in the names of the characters and countries? Does this in any way change the way we read the text?

If the characters were to stand for virtues in the medieval allegorical sense, what would each of the main five represent?

In terms of pure plot, what function is served by having Westley die and come back to life?

What does this book as a whole profess about the nature of reading, writing and literature in general?

Who, ultimately, is the hero/ine of this story, or is there one at all? Explain your answer.