The Meaning of Freedom Depicted in the Movie, The Truman Show

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On the surface, The Truman Show is an entertaining drama of a heartless human experiment. But if you look a bit deeper many thought-provoking questions arise: What is freedom? Are you still free if you are being manipulated and controlled by others? How do you become truly free? As the main character, Truman Burbank, confronts these questions, the writers invite the viewer to ponder the meaning of freedom, the effects of manipulation and the steps to discovering true freedom. Freedom can be described as the ability to choose the best possible good. In the beginning of the movie, Truman did have some freedom but it was severely limited to only what the pseudo-world inside a television studio presented to him. Of course, the producer of …show more content…
This was an effective means of controlling any wanderlust Truman might have still possessed and confining him to Seahaven and limiting his choices. Truman was pressured by the actors around him into doing things he might not have chosen otherwise. This is especially obvious with his wife Meryl. She is constantly pressuring Truman to have a baby with her even though he isn’t ready for fatherhood. She probably coerced Truman into marriage in the first place. In the real world, peer pressure can have a great influence on decision making, especially for teens. Whether pressured through the media, friends and classmates, or a boyfriend/girlfriend; it is often much easier for teens to give in than hold their own morals of right and wrong. Peer pressure can maneuver people into sin because they feel they have to participate to fit in and once they are caught in the cycle of sin, it can be very hard to break out and regain their freedom. Truman’s discovery of the truth actually began much earlier than the main events of the movie. In high school, he fell in love with a girl named Sylvia. She was against the concept of The Truman Show and began to tell him the truth about the world he was living in but before she was able to explain everything, she was forcefully taken away and exiled from the show. Truman never forgot her and years later when he observed the stage light fall from the sky, the elevator with no back wall, the pedestrians on the loop around the

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