Essay on What Are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Truman Show?

2095 Words Jun 1st, 2008 9 Pages
I chose this question to write about because I think it makes you explore all the depths of the film, and you really have to think hard about it. In my essay, I will be writing about many different types of things that come across the film and also things that can also resemble our real world which I will mention later.

As most people know by now, The Truman Show conveys a message by depicting a series of fateful events in the life of Truman Burbank, (played by Jim Carrey) who has grown up, and lives, in a fake town full of actors. The town is enclosed in a giant dome decked out with high-tech simulators of sun and sky, in which the rain and wind are controlled by the special effects department. Truman alone has no idea he is in a
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He says a quote:
‘There is no more truth out there, than there is in this world I created for you. The same lies, the same deceit. In my world, you have nothing to fear.’
I believe that this quote is trying to say that if Truman left his controlled, “perfect” life, he will be going into a world which he would believe is all wrong, because everything Truman did in Seahaven, it was controlled, yet in the real world, it’s not.

Thinking about the film, and seeing how it is controlled, you can think to yourself, ‘is that what are world is like?’ TV shows have been bought out, for example, Big Brother, where people know they are being watched by viewers all around the UK. At the beginning of the film, the opening scene is of Christof, talking to the camera, and he says this
‘We’ve become bored with watching actors give us phony emotions’
In Big Brother, some of the contestants fake there personality, hiding there true inner-selves because they want to be the winner of the reality show and win the prize money, when really, in true life, there nothing like the fake person they were in the show.
Going back to the film, Christof does mention this quote about Truman
‘There’s nothing fake about Truman himself’
Hence why he is called Truman, because he is the only true man in the TV show, he is the only one who thinks he is living a true life, but instead, it is full of actors and he has a

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