Postmodernism In The Truman Show And 500 Days Of Summer

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Hannabuss, Stuart. "Encyclopedia of Postmodernism." Reference Reviews 15.1 (2001): 9-10. ProQuest. Web. 16 Sep. 2015. The source explains in details all the characteristics of postmodernism. It says that postmodernism is “about knowledge and epistemology (knowledge about knowledge, how we know and what we know as true)” (par. 3). Hannabuss says that postmodernism is a unique representation of modern living (par. 2). Hannabuss also explains that “postmodernism has come a long way since 1960” (par. 1). The Truman Show and 500 Days of Summer share the characteristics that Hannabuss lists therefore the films fall into the postmodernist era.
To begin with, 500 Days of Summer is released in 2009 and The Truman Show in 1998; therefore, these movies can be put in the category of postmodernism because both movies are made after 1960. Furthermore, both films represent “modern living.” For example, in 500 Days of Summer, Summer is
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For example in 500 Days of Summer the narration is full of flashbacks and interruptions to the structure of the movie. In The Truman Show the plot is interrupted from time to time with flashbacks explaining Truman’s identity. The plot, in both movies, does not adhere to the traditional flow because it goes from one moment of the story to another. Moreover, in 500 Days of Summer and in The Truman Show we see a significant reduction of stereotypes. For example in 500 Days of Summer, Summer does not fall in love with Tom. In like manner in The Truman Show Truman and Hannah are not really in love. This challenges the stereotype that in most movies the main characters end up falling in love and living happily ever after. Another Example would be that both women in the films do not depend on men as often seen in films. Summer and Hannah have a stable job and a steady

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