Big Fish and Ziba Came on a Boat

The film ???Big Fish??™ provides a surreal reality that is ultimately a poignant tale. Directed by Tim Burton, the film relates to journeys as the main character Edward Bloom portrays imaginative journeys as the man of tale tales, while Will represent inner journeys when he realises that truth in those tales are limited. In the opening scene, the fish pioneers as the main topic of the film and the importance of the metaphoric connection is highlighted. As father and son, Edward and Will are the heroic archetypical characters that represent the hero??™s journeys. The picture book ???Ziba came on a boat??? by Liz Lofthouse, concerns the physical and emotional journey to escape war torn tyranny for freedom. The perspective form a young girl is used in certain effects to convey how crucial the journey is for Ziba. Both those texts ???Big Fish??? and ???Ziba came on a boat??? relates to journeys in many ways through interpretation of the content.
In the opening scene, underwater images and the music of stringed instruments, adds a sense of tranquillity and magic to the film. A narrator introduces the film, with a southern accent and though the depth of the voice changes, the same tone is carried. At the same time the camera movements follows a fish navigating through hooks and traps. Metaphorically, the symbol of the fish conveys a connection with Edward Bloom, ???as it just been touched with something extra???. The techniques used in ???Ziba came on a boat??? illustrate the different types of journeys. Present tense is used in the physical journey while past tense is used for the emotional journey. On the cover, both these journeys are morphed together.
In a flashback Edward recounts entering Spectre. A world full of warmth and light, the slightly blurred focus and the close up shot of their feet, reveals the absence of shoes. It is a connotation towards the high level of safety within the town. The visual also convey the protagonist??™s small town perspective of the world and by the sound of the name ???Bloom??™, it is a pun, to suggest the peak in he??™s life of many hopes and dreams, but he soon crosses this peaceful threshold. As mentioned before Spectre represents Edward??™s perception, so as Edward becomes more exposed to the unsympathetic reality of life, so did Spectre when he returned to an abandon town. Edward??™s return signifies the cyclic pace of the hero??™s journey, which is similar to Ziba??™s progress as her boat ???rose and fell … on the endless sea???. By crossing her own threshold, Ziba enters another world of warm and familiar memories framed by close up images to present a close value to her.
With two main characters, Edward retells his imaginative journeys, while Will attempts to reconcile with his father for the truth. However as the world appears as tales through Edward??™s eyes, as he spent a lifetime twisting the adventures he encounters. Therefore to announce the truth would be against Edward??™s belief. Compared to Ziba migrating, she intentionally left based on her free will, due to war and hopes to live a better. The point is both Edward and Ziba chose a journey based on what was best for them.
Relating towards the hero??™s journey and to the philosophy of existentialism, the audience could easily speculate on the death of Edward Bloom and Ziba??™s arrival to a new land. As both their journeys had been approached and had overcome the obstacles, they are able to continue their life in one way or another. Thank you.

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