Just as Edward is projected a hero in his tall tales, I consider him a hero in his real life too because tall tales and real life have got blurred many times in the movie – Big Fish. Tall tales are just an exaggeration to what has really happened. Where there is exaggeration there is little scope of truth. Despite of what Edward was saying was largely imaginary, people still got tempted to listen to him, proves that he had heroic qualities. I think this a very important trait of a hero.
Even when people know that you are not always telling the truth, if they want to listen to you and get mesmerized by what you are saying, then there must be something special in you. This is what a hero actually is, despite being one of the masses, he has a special quality which people like. Not many people have the capacity to fantasize and think in so much detail as Edward did. A hero is not always the one who is physically fitter than the people around him and who has the capacity to fight ten men at the same time.
Rather, a hero can also be a person who possesses some other uncommon trait. They are not the people whom we cannot reach. But are people whom we find in our everyday lives. Edward is one such person that can be considered a hero in his real life as well. Telling tall tales is generally considered a negative quality of an individual but only if those tall tales; belittle people whom the speaker is addressing. This was not the case with Edward. His tall tales were a source of entertainment for others and not something that people wanted to avoid.
In mundane routine lives, if someone possesses a quality to make others happy and forget their miseries and sorrows, then he becomes their hero. In his personal life too, Edward had done certain things that is not possible for everyone to do. For example when Edward discovers that the town of Spectre was real and has fallen into hard times then he does not avoid it. Rather he feels responsible for it and rebuilds the place with his contacts and money.
Doing so much for someone or something when it could have been easily avoided is yet another trait of a hero. If he would have left the town of Spectre in its bad shape then no one would have questioned him or blamed him for that. But like a hero he rose for a good cause and proved his kindheartedness. The only negative aspect that scars the chances of Edward being considered a hero in his real life is the fact that he was not a hero in the eyes of his only son, Will. Till the very end his son did not share a good relationship with his father.
But the irony is that in the lives of most of the heroes there are some people, unfortunately those very close to him who fails to see the hero’s exceptional qualities. This was the case of Edward too. But thankfully the father–son reconcile towards the end of the movie. This incident stresses the fact that at the end even his son accepted him and his exceptional qualities. According to McDermott “The real life versions of the people from Ed’s stories turn up to bid their final farewell, showing that the legend was closer to reality than the skeptical Will ever dreamed.
At the end, Edward Bloom becomes the big fish he always wanted to be. ” (para. 8). To be able to achieve something that one always wanted to achieve is not a mean thing and a person who is able to so is a hero of his own life if not that of others. Therefore in addition to his tall tales, Edward is a hero in his real life too. The movie blurred many times between the reality and fantasy and Edward was an integral part of both the worlds that were depicted. References Arran McDermott. (2004). Retrieved Jan. 12, 2008 from http://www. timburtoncollective. com/bigfish. html