Analysis Of Walter Benjamin 's ' The Truman Show ' Essay

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Taking a stylistic approach breeching on a film within a film, The Truman Show explores human life from the perspective of life as art and entertainment. The Truman Show revolves around a man, Truman Burbank, whose life is broadcast worldwide twenty-four hours a day. He has been the star of his own show since he was born but has absolutely no idea that his life is staged and televised. Truman comes to the realization that his life is a lie and leaves his false reality to join the real world (Weir).

When human life becomes something to be observed as entertainment, it develops an aura. Art comes from life; auras are based on life. The concepts of life and the aura are discussed greatly in Walter Benjamin’s 1936 essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”. Walter Benjamin defines the term “aura” as the unique existence that surrounds a work of art. He states that auras fade over time and through copious reproduction. As auras fade, Benjamin claims the authenticity of the artwork fades as well (Benjamin, 38-39). Some auras are able to stand the test of time, but what allows some auras to remain timeless? What prevents the fading of authenticity and recognition in the eyes of an audience?

In contemporary society, art is very reproduced. It is reproduced just as much as it is produced. “Works of art are received and valued on different planes” (Benjamin, 41). What people view as art and entertainment vary from person to person. Value of an artwork is…

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