The Truman Show Essay

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The Truman ShowThe Truman Show starts to rise when signs of falseness about his life become aware to him. The first sign of deceit happens when he was about to climb into his car and he was distracted by a high pitched whistling sound. A stage light reading "SIRIUS (9 Canis Major)" has just fallen suspiciously from the sky. As he picks up the light mechanism and loads it into the back of his car, he proceeds to go to work. After parking, Truman purchases a coffee and has sudden flashback of an incident when he was in school discussing careers. Truman puts up his hand and announces that he would like to become an explorer, but is condescendingly replied to by his teacher that that would be a silly thing to do. He is persuaded into another choice and Truman enters "Seahaven Life & Accident Inc.", his present career. It is from this insurance office that Truman places a call to the telephone directory of Fiji. As he is connected, he asks for a Lauren Garland, but there is nothing to be found. He tries again with the name Sylvia, but again, there is nothing. The disconsolate Truman returns the phone to the receiver. Later, his supervisor peers around the corner and announces to Truman that there is a prospect needing to be closed down in Welles Park. As Truman arrives at the docks, he makes his way across the turnstiles, but pulls away when he reaches the gangway. His fear of water reminds him of his father drowning. He makes his way to a roadway adjacent to the ferry terminal, and places a call to his work saying that the traffic is bad and that it would be impossible to make the ferry. Truman then makes his way home.Shortly after, Truman is gardening when his wife arrives home from work and distracts him. She holds up a device and advertises it to him. In confusion he replies "Gee, that's great". Changing subject quickly, Meryl refers to a patch of grass that he has missed. Later. his wife asks about his day but Truman refrains from telling her about the ferry incident. He picks up some golfing equipment, and heads out to meet Marlon at the unfinished bridge. Marlon makes a comment on how his swinging seems different, and perhaps something is on his mind. Truman tells him about how he is thinking about getting away from Seahaven. After Marlon convinces him what a great place Seahaven is, Truman makes his way to his car because of a sudden rain shower. To the viewer it is extremely localized, as if a miniature cloud is hovering above him, following him where he sets off. Sensing something amiss, Truman shifts his position rapidly, to find that the rain is only above him. Once it is discovered that Truman recognizes the discrepancy, the cloud size is altered to try and fool him. He runs to his car to try and avoid the event. When he arrives home, he starts to talk to Meryl about saving up some money and exploring. Meryl convinces him that there are financial obligations that need attending; therefore taking a trip would be...

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