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The Odyssey and Big Fish
Meredith Petersonon 20 March 2013
Transcript of The Odyssey and Big Fish
Big fish. Dir. Tim Burton. Perf. Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup. Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, 2003. Film.
Fagles, Robert. The Odyssey. New York: Viking, 1996. Print.
Doty, William. "Mythic Imagination Institute." Mythic Imagination Institute - Mythic Passages, the Magazine of Imagination. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2013. <http://www.mythicjourneys.org/newsletter_dec06_doty.html>.
Trakhman, Elizabeth, and Kate Boyet. "Big Fish and The Odyssey Comparison of
Sandra Bloom and Penelope." elizabethtrakhman. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2013. <http://elizabethtrakhman.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/big-fish-and-the-odyssey-comparison-of-sandra-bloom-and-penelope/>. -Edward Bloom's love interest is a girl named Sandra, and he spends most of the film trying to be with her -After falling in love with her the first time he sees her, he must do the bidding of a circus ringleader to learn her name and where she lives. Once he has wooed her and they are together, he is drafted; when he finally returns from war he has to work as a traveling salesman in order to support her -Throughout all of this, Sandra loves Edward unconditionally and waits for him loyally; similarly, almost everything he does -Penelope is also a loyal wife who stays true to her husband while he is away, and Odysseus is also a man who is motivated by his family, particularly his wife -When he is young, Edward Bloom happens upon a seemingly idyllic town called Spectre; there, he meets a young girl named Jenny who takes a liking to him -Years later, when working as a traveling salesman, he returns to the town and finds Jenny living in a dilapidated home; taking -Jenny eventually confesses her love for Edward, but Edward's love of his family prevents him from committing to her -While Jenny is certainly not as manipulative as Circe, she also falls in love with a married man and finds ways to keep him around -Edward and Odysseus both care for Jenny and Circe, respectively, but their love for their wives outweighs this affection -Big Fish draws from The Odyssey in more subtle ways than strong plot parallels; it also has elements of traditional Greek mythology -When Edward is young, he meets a one-eyed witch who can see the future and tells him how he will die; this mirrors the way the blind prophet Tiresias predicts Odysseus' future. and every adventure he embarks on is done with her in mind pity on her, he often leaves his family in order to spend time with Jenny and help her fix her house -Edward also fights a vicious guard dog not unlike the Cerbeus, the three-headed dog who guards Hades, and encounters mythical creatures such as a giant, who resembles the Cyclops The idea of prophecy is strong not only in The Odyssey but in Greek literature in general