Essay about The Truman Show vs. the Giver

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Life is a very valuable asset, but when lived on someone else’s terms its nothing but a compromise. The seemingly perfect image of Utopia which combines happiness and honesty with purity, very often leads in forming a dystopian environment. The shrewd discrepancy of Utopia is presented in both the novel ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry and the film ‘The Truman Show’ directed by Peter Weir. Both stories depict a perfect community, perfect people, perfect life, perfect world, and a perfect lie. These perfect worlds may appear to shield its inhabitants from evil and on the other hand appear to give individuals no rights of their own. By comparing and contrasting the novel ‘The Giver’ and the film ‘The Truman Show’, it can be derived that both the …show more content…
That’s what made you so good to watch. There is no more truth out there, than there is in the world I created for you. The same lies, the same deceit. But in my world you have to fear nothing (The Truman Show).
On the contrary, in the novel ‘The Giver’ life is real. Both the main character, Jonas and the rest of the population leads the life of an ordinary person with regular daily routines. In Jonas’s community, control is dictated by The Giver. For example, except for The Giver no one else can see colour as the society intended on achieving “sameness”. The Giver himself states, “Our people made that choice to go to sameness. We relinquished colour when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences” (Lowry, 95). This illustrates that The Giver is portraying a vague reality by making people believe that everyone will attain “sameness”, only if they do not see any colour.
Truman was told that he lived in a city called Seahaven, but in reality he lived inside a film set which was in the shape of a dome designed by Christof. Whereas, Jonas lived in an open community which even though seemed to be free, notwithstanding, still restricted his rights by not allowing him or anyone to willingly depart from the community. A Utopian world seems pleasant to the readers and viewers, but the hazy image of reality that it pictures makes it appear perfectly bogus.
Both the film and the

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