Where The Warmth Meets The Cold: An Analysis Of Big Fish

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Student NameEnglish 30-1January 4, 2012WHERE THE WARMTH MEETS THE COLD: THE SIGNIFICANCE OFBALANCE IN TIM BURTON'S BIG FISHA "seam" is literally that place where two things connect and come together. In the context of Sanford Lynne's short poem "The Gold Pavilion", the speaker expresses his love for the figurative seam between his imagination and the real world, a place where "warmth meets cold". Comment by SysAdmin: A definition can be an effective lead to introduce and argument. Here I am using Lynne's poetic definition as a springboard for my eventual thesis.It's a beautiful image, and an effective means of communicating the importance of balancing these two aspects of the human experience. Lynne implies that a person capable of tempering his objective reality with a healthy dose of imagination and fancy will feel satisfied and fulfilled. Yet I think William Bloom, the disillusioned son of an eccentric and larger-than-life father figure in Tim Burton's Big Fish, would have difficulty swallowing Lynne's message-at least until the moment of his father's death. Will lives in the world of factual and objective truth (perhaps a symptom of working for a newspaper wire service). He cannot see through his father's elaborate mythologies, which involve everything from gigantic fish to Siamese twins, giants, and witches and werewolves, and thus he rejects Edward's stories as lies. In fact Will feels contempt for his father's imaginative tales, and craves "the truth": the cold and hard facts of Edward's life. And yet it is not until Will can comprehend the truth beneath the surface of his father's tall tales-and the validity of the human imagination-that he can discover the love of his father. Comment by SysAdmin: Note the use of the "active voice"; rather than writing "The message that Lynne implies is…" I put the subject (Lynne) first, then state what he does. Comment by SysAdmin: Transitions are key for a coherent argument. Use them occasionally to bind ideas together. Comment by SysAdmin: Diction is important; use a thesaurus if necessary to find the most precise words. Comment by SysAdmin: Here is the thesis for the paper on "balance": that William cannot find love until he validates both extremes of reality, subjective and objective truth.Will confronts his father in his sickbed in one scene in the film, using his own metaphor to express his frustration over Edward's stories: Comment by SysAdmin: Use a colon to introduce block quotations, over three lines in length. Such quotations are double-indented.You know about icebergs, Dad…. The thing about icebergs is you only see ten percent. The other ninety percent is below the water where you can't see it. That's what it is with you, Dad. I'm only seeing this little bit that sticks above the water…. Dad, I have no idea who you are.Clearly William Bloom and Sanford Lynne would be uncomfortable together. William feels little "warmth" in his relationship with his father, and despite...

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