Achieving Immortality Through The Telling Of Myths

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Everyone has had to sit threw a long and overly exaggerated “fishing story”. These stories, told by family and friends, are usually epic tails of finding, luring and inevitably catching the biggest fish imaginable. For most, these tales are brief moments were their feats are brought into the spotlight. For Edward Blood, the main character in Tim Burton’s film Big Fish, these fantastical tales become his life. To the point that it is hard for Edward’s son, William, to distinguish what is fact and what is fiction, in regards to his father. Edward is an ordinary man, but through his stories and his’ lifelong obsessions for embellishing the truth, he becomes a myth. He has permanently put a spotlight on his life and left a legacy behind essentially becoming immortal. Edward achieved what so many throughout history have failed to do. Threw myth Edward Bloom becomes immortal.
In this movie the audience is presented with an archetypal pattern of typical items in a heroic scenario found in many cultures. Edward Blood is a modern day hero and his’ character undergoes many of the steps outlined in Joseph Campbell’s hero journey model. Edward is born into an ordinary world. Mind you that his’ version of ordinary is quite extraordinary and depicts Edward as almost super human to begin with. It starts with his extraordinary birth and his unexplainable and miraculous growth spurt. He is a model citizen and a successful business man. Everything is going great for Edward Bloom, still he feels that something is missing. This is when he experiences what Campbell calls “The Call to Adventure”. He is charged with getting rid of a giant that has been plaguing the town. After their meeting Edward realizes that the giant, Carl, is simply miss understood and that both men are too big for the small town of Ashland. Unlike, many heroes Edward is not afraid of his destiny and eagerly accepts the challenge of his journey (Campbell).
By leaving home Edward “Crosses the Threshold” into another world. This happens in two ways. First, he finds that strange and idyllic town of Spector. The second is the outside world itself. He learns that life does not always go as planned and maybe he was not as super human as he thought. On his journey Edward, is aided by several mentors and faces many obstacles along his journey: he works for three years to learn the name of his true love, he fights and befriends a werewolf, and is beet up by a rival bow, all in the hopes of winning, Sandra’s love. He is ultimately rewarded for his efforts and Sandra agrees to marry him. Before, he can return to Ashland to start his life with Sandra, Edward is faced with one final test. Edward is enlisted in the US Army. After a long absence, where he is presumed dead, he finally makes it home to his love (Campbell).
Edward knows that he is an ordinary man, but for his son he want something more. Threw his stories Edward tries to show that an ordinary man can become something extraordinary. Like the...

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