Utopia And Dystopia In The Movie And The Truman Show

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Register to read the introduction… However, no hope lies in a world without freedom. In The Giver and The Truman Show, readers and viewers are introduced with a sharp contradiction, dystopia. The dystopias presented in both the film and the novel evenly picture no freedom whatsoever. Both The Giver and The Truman Show have a controller, an all mighty force who regulates every facet of their dystopia. In the novel, this dystopia is the Giver, the force who does not let his citizens have freedom of thought and alienates them from the remainder of the world. Similarly, in The Truman Show, the force is Christof, who creates a seemingly perfect world which eventually separates Truman from the rest of the world. They both control their subjects like puppets, by feeding them with the notion of perfection, though both worlds are far from perfect. The concept of life being controlled is detrimental and is revealed in the movie when Truman’s friend Marlon tells him, “It’s all true. It’s all real. Nothing here is fake. Nothing you see on this show is fake. It’s merely controlled” (The Truman Show). Furthermore, both communities had control over climate, as they intended on maintaining the same season throughout the year. This infers that both societies opposed change, therefore, wanting everything to be the same. Truman’s dad and Jonas’s friend Caleb both drowned in the ocean which made them afraid of water and feel guilty for not being able to rescue them. Shortly in the film Truman realizes that his life is not real. For instance, he observes that every day at 3:00 pm a yellow car would pass by and driver seemed as if he was keeping an eye on him. Also he finds it unnatural that when he wishes to leave Seahaven in his car, every route on which he embarks is jammed by numerous obstructions. He senses something to …show more content…
Their Utopian societies provided happiness and purity but swiftly took it away by forming a dystopian environment. By comparing and contrasting the novel ‘The Giver’ and the film ‘The Truman Show’, it can be derived that both the main characters become anti-utopian to expose the seedy underbelly of their Utopian environment which constructs a delusional image of reality, seizes the pleasures in their lives and portrays a loss of freedom. Both their perfect worlds were full of lies and instead of shielding its inhabitants from evil they gave individuals no rights of their own. What appeared in the beginning as a perfect utopian society was actually an imperfect dystopian

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