Analysis Of The Movie ' The Truman Show ' Essay

1177 Words Oct 11th, 2014 5 Pages
In the 1998 film, The Truman Show, featuring Jim Carrey as the main protagonist, it poses philosophical questions pertaining to Plato’s allegory of the cave found in The Republic. The main character of a fictional television show was Truman Burbank who lived in an alternate reality that was actually a television set that he perceived to be real. From his birth, to early childhood, teenage years, and adult life, Truman has been filmed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through a television broadcast to the real world. Truman has grown up to believe that this alternate world is his reality and is related to the men only seeing shadows in a cave, according to Plato. This is shown similarly and differently through scenes in The Truman Show. Everything that happens in Truman’s life is planned to happen by his creators of the show. Those who live in the town are actors and routinely intervene in Truman’s life according to their each individual script. Truman is the only person on the set that does not know he is being filmed. Truman is an example of the men in the cave in Plato’s allegory of the cave. The men in the cave only see shadows of those walking by through the small amount of light from the fire behind them as they are facing a wall. These men have only seen this cave wall and nothing else, whereas Truman was entered into a fictional world from birth and believed what he was only subjected to, this small town that he never left (Plato 246). For Truman, his daily routine…

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