J9 Big Fish

J9 Big Fish - misunderstood giant, and an undiscovered...

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English 106, Bousquet Big Fish : Journal #9 4/11/07 Tim Burton’s film, Big Fish , tells the story of a Southern male who himself tells stories. The film opens with the voice of the man’s son: “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 speech introduces the subject of the film and also sets its context; Will is the son of Edward Bloom and their relationship has been under strain due to the father’s larger-than-life identity. Edward Bloom has told his son, and anyone else who would listen, the same stories over and over again. The format of the film is such that a character in the present “reality” begins to tell a story and then the narration gives way to the fiction tale happening in real-time. Among Bloom’s stories are an uncatchable fish, a witch with a glass eye able to see into the future, a
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Unformatted text preview: misunderstood giant, and an undiscovered friendly town. Bloom relates the story of the courtship of his wife, Sandra, to his son’s wife, Josephine. Like many of the tales in Big Fish , this one seems to have a basis in truth, but has been greatly decorated. Certainly it is more “believable” than some of the other stories, Sandra is a normal college girl and Edward woos her with a field of flowers. However, the events leading up to their first real meeting include Edward working at a circus and learning that Amos, the ringmaster, is actually a werewolf. It is the structure of the film that leads us to not believe Edward’s tall tales. Unlike other fantasy films and stories, Big Fish is constantly alternating between the world of the fantastic and a present reality where many characters, most importantly Will, indicate that Bloom’s stories are in fact myths....
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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.

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