Truman Show Essay on Pursuit

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By Erik Reyes

Pursuing and Compromising Happiness in The Truman Show

Individuals do irrational and rational things all the time. Every day, we make decisions that are actually quite two sided. The item or goal you pursue has a value that is irrelevant. The evident fact is that you can pursue something realistically or unrealistically. “The Truman Show” by Peter Weir displays various examples of how individuals pursue and compromise their happiness. Peter Weir clearly states that the pursuit of happiness is always one that has different paths and different methods. Christof, Truman Burbank and Sylvia/Lauren Garland are all excellent examples of human nature and its’ rationality.

Christof (played by Ed Harris) is the creator and director of “The Truman Show”. When having a heated conversation with Sylvia, who formerly played as Lauren Garland in “The Truman Show” Christof states, “I have given the chance for Truman to lead a normal life. The world, the place you live in, is the sick place, Seahaven is the way the world should be”. Thus, showing that his perspective of the world is dark. Throughout the film Christof is speaks and places his hand on various screens and footages of Truman. These simple gestures and acts send messages to the viewers that Truman Burbank is the root to not only the happiness to billions of viewers but, also the root to Christof’s happiness as well. Truman is Christof’s most prized possession, the “apple to my eye” and “number one fan” sort of speak. Christof is an example of a human being that takes irrational approaches to pursuing their happiness. Christof instills phobias into Truman’s heart, for example, fear of dogs and water to anchor Truman thoroughly into the fake sands of Seahaven. Although, this was an extremely irrational method to keep Truman in Seahaven it was extremely effective. When Truman had escaped his...
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