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While lying on his death bed Edward Bloom told his son William whathe believed to be the utmost truth Edward believed that rememberinga man s stories makes him immortal Wallace 20 Throughout thenovel Big Fish Edward fabricated stories about his life so that hewould appear bigger than life Now with the realization of hisfathers imminent death Will comes to the realization that all he wantsis to learn the simple truth about his fathers life Edwardsthirst for his sons admiration was driven by his desire to alwaysprove himself always searching for a way to make himself seem moreexceptional never accepting who he really was to his sonKabirs poem begins I laugh when I hear that the fish in the wateris thirsty In the case of Edward Bloom he was the fish that hada thirst for his sons admiration Even on his death bed Edwardcontinued to strive to be bigger to William I wanted to be agreat man Wallace 21 Edward mumbled knowing that these words couldbe his last Edwards tales were always epic in nature Williamshared with us a story about the day his father tamed Karl theGiant a boy who became an exceptionally large man Karls need forfood forced him to eat all of the crops and small animals in the town ofAshland when he was deserted by his desperate mother The townspeoplefeared for their safety and knew that Karl needed to be stopped Edwarddevised a plan to sacrifice himself in order to save Ashland Karlbecame confused by Edwards sacrifice and explained that he simply didnot know how to care for himself Through Edwards guidance Karlbecame the best farmer in Ashland growing enough crops to feed his neverending hunger As the reader can see this story was made larger thanlife by Edward for Williams benefit In fact simply explaining toWilliam about the time he taught a man
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