The Truman Show, Existentialism, And Kohlberg 's Stages Of Moral Development

1811 Words Jan 12th, 2015 8 Pages
Life’s What You Make It Life is filled with countless opportunities that will more or less make or break the pathway to humanity. Sometimes an individual may question his or her values and beliefs because society does not idolize them, but that does not mean they are not true. In order to live a good life one must have their own free will to make decisions and put meaning in their own life. Also, when thinking about what it means to live a good life, maintaining social order becomes completely insignificant. In fact, going against society to benefit oneself is how many heros succeed whether in film or in real life. Philosophy is revealed in film through a character’s motives, the perception of illusion and reality, and intuition. Overall philosophy ties into film when a character must justify his or her decision between good and evil to benefit their own moral good. Three specific philosophies in The Truman Show include objectivism, existentialism, and kohlberg 's stages of moral development. In the film, The Truman Show, directed by Peter Weir in 1998, Jim Carrey plays the role of an adopted unwitting actor, Truman Burbank, for a fictitious movie company called Omnicom. For the entirety of his life, Truman is filmed daily for a live audience. This goes against the objectivist belief that all men should have free will. Christoph, the producer of the reality tv show takes advantage of Truman’s life and traps him into a meaningless and nonexistent life. Truman is not…

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