Describe a relationship between two characters that was important. Explain moments in the film to show why this relationship was important.
A relationship between two characters that is prominent in The Truman Show is the relationship between Truman and Louis Coltrane, known to Truman as Marlon. This is a very one-sided relationship, because Truman believes ‘Marlon’ is his best friend, while Marlon is really just an actor who doesn’t care about Truman enough to be honest with him. This is an important relationship because it really shows how fake Truman’s world really is.
A moment in the film that shows that Truman’s relationship with Marlon is important is the scene where they are playing golf on an unfinished bridge. It seems that this bridge is a place they often meet; we also see them talking at it later in the movie. The bridge itself is also a metaphor – it only reaches halfway, just like Marlon and Truman’s relationship. The scene starts with Marlon advertising a beer, reminding us that the relationship is faked on his side. During the scene Truman tells Marlon his dreams about seeing the world and travelling to Fiji, while Marlon tries to talk him out of it. This shows us how controlled Truman’s life is, because Truman believes he is having a real heart-to-heart conversation with his best friend, while in reality, Marlon is trying to stop him doing what he wants to do. And so we can see how important the relationship between Marlon and Truman is, because it portrays how little control Truman has over his own life.
Another moment in the film that demonstrates how Truman’s relationship with Marlon is important is the scene in the mini-market. Truman interrupts Marlon’s work to tell him that “I've gotten mixed up in something”. Even though Marlon was trying to brush him off in this scene – “Now, Truman, if this is one of your fantasies, I've got no time” – Truman needed to share his discoveries with him. This shows that Marlon is always the first...
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