1984 and the Truman Show Essay

916 Words Oct 20th, 1999 4 Pages
A utopia is a seemingly perfect world, with happiness, honesty, equality, and peace. Although in the novel, 1984, by George Orwell, and the film The Truman Show, directed by Peter Wier, the readers and viewers are presented with a negative utopian society. A negative utopian society is a perfect world that somewhere has gone wrong. The controllers in the novel and film succeeded in achieving complete control and power, which was their attempt to make the ideal society. Each controller has a different threat, in 1984 it is association while in the film, The Truman Show, it is separation from the outside world.

In George Orwell's 1984, the ruling body, known as the Inner party, gains complete control over the people in their country.
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He realizes that his life is fake. When he meets the door that he can either exit or stay in his world he says, "I'm not going to make it, your gonna have to go on without me." (Weir) Truman overcomes the society that has transformed his whole life and takes the chance and enters the real world in search of Lauren. He must now deal with conflict, fear, dishonesty, and separation from people. The outside people all know about his life before and he must start all over and become the person he wants to be.

The idea of a perfect utopia has been an idea for many people. The world will never know the true effects of a perfect society. The novel and film show the warning to the readers and viewers of what could happen if anyone attempts to make a perfect society. In 1984, George Orwell says that people can be conquered and changed by a powerful government, which people have to accept. In the film, The Truman Show, the director believes that he can run a person's life but he learns different when Truman overcomes his weakness and leaves the set to enter the "real world." Orwell's society was effective, while Wier's negative utopian film was

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