Truman Show Essay

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“The truth hurts!” is a commonly used phrase. Usually, these words describe peoples’ reluctance to face reality. As a result, people struggle for security by striving for perfection; In the end, the search for the perfect world, the perfect place and the perfect life seems like the ultimate goals of human kind—or is it? In a movie called The Truman show which was created by Peter Wilier tries to contradict all these. Referenced from the classical story Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, the movie presents a man name Truman being placed in a artificial dome—with the perfect life; However—the only catch is—being broadcasted on television live 24/7 without his knowledge. Literally, living with actors his entire life, everything from his parent to his friends, and his wife are all lies; this includes the pavement, the sea, the moon and sun which were all manufactured. In the world of Truman (called Seahaven) chance is controlled by the corporation who adopted him. His life is merely a partial reflection of the real world like the shadows in Allegory of The Cave. In brief, Truman has never received any real life experience; it’s all manufactured and ingenious.
Truman’s world is delusional and dreamlike. Physically, people were interacting with him with acting, however, the insincerity created a delusional experience for Truman. Unaware, Truman responded normally with, “good morning, hey in case I don’t see you, good afternoon and good night.” In the long-run, (as shown in the movie) the responses become automatic and repetitive. The experience becomes meaningless. On the other hand, reality presents much broader scope of interaction. In the real world, when a person is having a bad day, there would be negative responses. Truman might response differently the next time he meets the person. In short, Truman received a narrow and insincere response from the actors; which is dull and unrealistic. Comparing to the Allegory of The Cave, the prisoners were deceived by the darkness and shadows.
Both Truman and the prisoners were trapped in a fantasy that they thought was real.
In the cave, the prisoners were trapped in a small portion of reality. The question is: would it make no difference for them to escape and know the truth? From Truman’s perspective, one might argue that our life is just like the Truman show because we often experience lies and insincerity; so it makes no difference for Truman to live in our world.” This is true on a certain basis, because we suffer media influence and frequently accept truth from unreliable sources; However, our life if far beyond the limited world of Truman’s. The ability to make choices, the ability to go beyond our limits and the ability to experience freedom is something that never happens in Truman’s world. In...

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