Wallace's Big Fish: The Relationship Between Edward Bloom And Bloom And William Bloom
Director Tim Burton lost both his parents in a relatively close span from one another causing him to initially accept the job to make a film from Wallace’s novel. Similarly, screenwriter John August admitted that he felt something similar to William’s wide array of emotions when his own father died and incorporated that raw emotion into his scriptwriting. These feelings are significant because people commonly wonder near the end of someone’s life if they truly did understand and know the man or woman — their hopes, dream, and failures — that built and destroyed them. For William, this is even more difficult because he truly feels that he did not know his mystic father, and despite his best efforts, cannot help but feel some animosity towards his father who has been absent for most of his life. William is only able to finally forgive and grasp who that man his father is after many years of barely concealed resentment and hidden anguish of not understanding his father and the reasoning for retelling his unlikely stories. At the end of both the Burton’s film and Wallace’s novel, William’s final, but most significant action done for his dying father is ultimately done out of love for Edward, and with it comes the desperate reconciliation that they both need.