What Are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Truman Show?

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What Are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Truman Show?

By | May 2008
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I chose this question to write about because I think it makes you explore all the depths of the film, and you really have to think hard about it. In my essay, I will be writing about many different types of things that come across the film and also things that can also resemble our real world which I will mention later.

As most people know by now, The Truman Show conveys a message by depicting a series of fateful events in the life of Truman Burbank, (played by Jim Carrey) who has grown up, and lives, in a fake town full of actors. The town is enclosed in a giant dome decked out with high-tech simulators of sun and sky, in which the rain and wind are controlled by the special effects department. Truman alone has no idea he is in a giant TV studio, as the rest of humanity watches him go from one staged situation to another in a nonstop telethon of reality programming.

But in this “perfect” paradise, there inevitably appears a snake. After the crew makes mistakes that cause the seamlessness of the illusion to break down, Truman figures out that his surroundings are full of staged scenes and events. He then tries to make his escape, only to come up against both his own fears, which keep him from leaving, and the obstacles put in his way by the producer-director who has made billions trapping him in a stage and playing God with his life.

In the beginning, 5 babies were born and the unlucky 1 was going to be picked and adopted by Christof. Christof has his own TV show which would show the baby’s life, from beginning to end. Truman Burbank was born at the right time to be in the show. So Christof, adopted the orphan, and placed him into the fake world, enclosed by a massive dome, as said in the film ‘along with the great wall of China, it is one of the largest man made structures which can be seen from space’ In the dome, a small town called Seahaven, was said to be the ideal world for Truman, and the actors, to live in. With the perfectly green cut grass...