Water flows pure,
even in the hardest times
Symbolism of water in the film 'The Black Balloon'
Thomas who is turning 16 has just moved into a town in New South Wales and his dad is in the army, his mother is pregnant, his older brother Charlie is autistic and Thomas has his own adolescent sexual issues. Thomas finds his brother Charlie disconcerting to the public and when Thomas starts to develop somewhat of a feeling towards Jackie, a girl in his swimming class, Jackie teaches Thomas how to swim and in turn teaching him how to accept Charlie, his autistic brother. Water also symbolizes fear in this film because it refers to the hidden mind and the qualities that the main characters have which they develop throughout the film. Water as a symbol in the film has been represented and is a metaphor based around Thomas's life which helps the audiences understand and comprehend Thomas's feeling. Water is represented as freedom and escape, and this film uses it as a symbol displaying various scenes that show the symbolism of water. The symbolism of water is shown in this film in several of ways and good example of scenes that show the symbolism of water is the bath sequence, the surfer on television, and the pool sequence.
I chose to write about this topic because it was an interesting topic and to be honest it was a challenging topic for me to write about. There were scenes that displayed the symbolism of water and how it affected and changed the characters throughout the film. I believe Thomas has developed most in the film because we as the audience get to visualise what Thomas is going through and how he learns how to face his fears. Water is an important symbol in this film because it has a lot of meaning behind it and it is one of the key themes. I chose the images because it really tells the reader that water as a symbolism can represent many things and what I’m trying to say in the topic. All the images that I chose are displayed and they show the symbolism of water because my topic that I’m writing about is about water.