Big Fish Symbols & Objects

Daniel Wallace
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Storytelling

In the novel, storytelling symbolizes the use of fictional narratives as a means of exploring and expressing the underlying morals of a person’s life experience without relying on factual truths. Edward habitually tells exaggerated and/or fabricated stories about his life, as he views these fabrications as more effective than fact at conveying emotions and morals.

Fish

Fish symbolize the transformative powers of courage, good deeds, and the art of storytelling. Throughout the novel, the narrative makes references to Edward as aspiring to be a “big fish” (12), or great man. Edward achieves these aspirations by striving for adventure, nobility, and a grand view of his life and of life in general.

Glass Eye

The glass eye symbolizes the power of compassion and kindness. After Don price and his friends steal the glass eye from the old woman who owns it, Edward steals it back in...

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