TA 4 Big Fish - English 106 4/18/07 Textual Assessment: Tim...

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English 106 4/18/07 Textual Assessment: Tim Burton’s Big Fish I. Characters 1. Edward Bloom: Edward Bloom is dying of cancer and the story of his life is retold through a series of flashbacks, his own tall tales brought to life in his own narration or his son’s. 2. Will Bloom: Will is the son of Edward Bloom. He has spent a large portion of his life trying to escape his father’s stories and larger-than-life persona. He grows up to become a journalist, writing stories of fact. 3. Sandra Templeton Bloom: Sandra is Edward’s wife. He says that time stopped at the moment he first saw her and he knew she was meant to be his wife. 4. Jenny Beamen: Jenny is the daughter of the mayor of Spectre; she spends her whole life in love and waiting for Edward, who returns to the town too late. The older Jenny is able to provide Will with some true stories about his father. 5. Norther Winslow the poet/bank robber/Wall street stockbroker: Edward meets Norther Winslow at three times throughout the film. First when he arrives in Spectre, where Norther has settled into a perfect life. Edward meets him again when Norther attempts to rob a bank. Finally, Edward approaches Norther to back him in his attempt to buy the town of Spectre. II. Storytelling 1. Edward’s life story: The film begins with a grown man speaking about his father: “in telling the story of my father’s life, it’s impossible to separate fact from fiction, the man from the myth. The best I can do is to tell it the way he told me. It doesn’t always make sense and most of it never happened. .. but that’s what kind of story this is.” This introduction if the context for the film, shows that the movie will be one about stories and storytelling. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course ENGL 106 taught by Professor Ceyhan during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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