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Big Fish: Introduction
Big Fish: Plot Summary
Big Fish: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Big Fish: Themes
Big Fish: Quotes
Big Fish: Characters
Big Fish: Symbols
Big Fish: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Daniel Wallace
Historical Context of Big Fish
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- Full Title: Big Fish
- Where Written: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- When Published: 1998
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Fiction, Novel, Magical Realism
- Setting: Edward Bloom’s deathbed; the mythical landscape of Edward’s life.
- Climax: Edward turns into a mythical big fish and swims off into the horizon chasing adventure.
- Antagonist: Don Price
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Big Fish
Glass Eyes. Daniel Wallace likes to collect glass eyes and often uses the motif of glass eyes in his writing. In Big Fish, protagonist Edward Bloom has to retrieve an old woman’s glass eye, which a gang of bullies have stolen.
The Tim Burton Treatment. In 2003, Big Fish was turned into a movie directed by Tim Burton. Burton was drawn to the story’s use of magical realism and its frequent use of fantastical elements, which inspired much of the film’s visual landscape.