The Truman Show Paranoia Scene

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Once upon a time is a short text written by Nandine Gordimer who describes a family’s great love of one another as they live out their dreams of being a materialistic and prosperous household. It tells the reader the theme of people shaping their own destinies. Sometimes people can create their own destruction and downfall

The Truman Show is a film directed by Peter Weir. The film outlines the story of the main character, Truman Burbank who has no knowledge that he is on a live television show that airs twenty-four hours each day. In a significant scene Truman becomes paranoid due to the fact that everything around him is not what it appears to be. The director uses sound, actors performance, symbols and camerawork effectively to show the
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Truman’s life had being based on a lie, the only thing that was real was Truman himself. The creator of the show had a concept of producing real emotion and action, not realising that in the process they were playing with Truman’s life and treated him like he was a chess piece.

The following example of using actor’s performance is Truman. In the paranoia scene, Truman is wandering around town and everywhere he goes he’s observing the people, walking past him. This shows us that he’s trying to figure what just happened because he has now sensed that there is someone following him around. Through this technique the director shows us the characters physical and emotional journey. The director wants us to understand the emotions of what the character Truman is going through in this scene. The character is conflicted and paranoid, he begins to question everything around him.

In present society we don’t live in the American dream where everything is ideal some might but the fact of reality is there are divorces, unfriendly people. We know that it’s normal because life’s not perfect. We just have to be content of what we have, not what we don’t have. I think the truman show overshadowed some of the crucial facts of how the was perceived. The world is distrustful, and we should ever let our guard down. Nothing can ever change this world, because this is how the world is supposed to be. Everybody in this world is moulded by how they are brought up.
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Through these techniques he has shown the crucial ideas of manipulation of truth, the American dream, the role of the media and invasion of privacy. Throughout the use of the paranoia scene, Weir has established that nobody has the rights to invade your private life. Manipulating someone and lying to them is equally immoral. Pretending that you care about someone is heartless because it leads to them getting hurt and feeling betrayed. The American dream is a far fetched ideal goal. It’s something that can never happen. The world is different and will not change it’s ways. The role of the media is as powerful as ever. It’s something that trick us into believing in things that may or may not be true. This is significant towards this film because the audience relates to this issues. They sympathise with Truman and know the consequences of deceiving. That you should mind your own business and leave their privacy life alone. The american dream is fictitious. We don’t live in a perfect world or society and should just learn to be content of what we have. There’s racism, poverty and broken homes. Yet it starts with our community whether we improve our ways or not this will always be around to remind us that we are not living an ideal

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