Big Fish Analysis

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Throughout the novel Big Fish by Daniel Wallace Edward Bloom tells his son William Bloom stories and jokes that are in many ways better than reality. At first William strongly dislikes how his father overemphasizes his stories very much. William just wants the truth about his father as William never really got to know his father since he was always gone. As the novel progresses William starts to accept the stories more for what they are. By the end of the book, William has accepted Edward’s philosophies. Edward and William Bloom do not have a good relationship because Edward was never around to be with his son William. Edward owned his own business and was very successful however he was always gone travailing around the world for his job …show more content…
Edward wants William to think that he is the best. Edward adds in magical and none-believable things to his stories to try being that perfect father figure that he wants to be very much. Edward tells his son these story also to try to improve their relationship. Edward’s stories can also be related to mistakes that he had made and that he is trying to explain to make it better such as the story “The Girl in the River”. In this story Edward sees a beautiful, naked girl in a river and all of a sudden a very poisonous snake started to go to bite her and he saved her or so he thought. He grabbed the snake and the woman screamed and went off into the water. Edward then says “And she was gone. And in his shirt no snake at all, but a stick. A small brown stick.” (27) This story explains an affair that Edward could have had and is trying to explain to William that it was different. Edward wants that William is not as mad and frustrated at his father. After that story William understands that Edward is just trying to make things better in between the two of them. Edward tells his story to impress William to try to make William think he is amazing, or the perfect father. Edwards’ story “In Which He Goes Fishing”, Edward is attempting to improve their father-son relationship by overdrawing the situation. Edward boasts to William that one day he caught the biggest, baddest and best fish ever. Edward explains the fish like so, “Dolphin like, he watched as it arced out of the water, catching a ray of sunlight as it does, beautiful, monstrous, scary, six, seven feet long?” (35) Everyone knows that a little man in a little boat

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