The Truman Show
“Meryl described the Truman show as “a blessed life”. To what extent do you agree?”
Some aspects of Peter Weir’s film ‘The Truman Show”, can lead you to believe that the participants have truly blessed lives. However, other aspects of the show prove that, in reality, life within The Truman Show is truly damned. The viewer’s perspective on life determines whether life in the Truman Show is blessed or not.
While Meryl states that The Truman Show is “a truly blessed life” her actions deny this statement. Although she gets paid to lead a ‘normal’ life, her life is viewed nearly as much as Truman’s is. As she stated, “For me there is no difference between private and public life”. Meryl may say that she does not mind the lack of privacy but she proves otherwise by seeming too manufactured when she knows she’s being watched. A life without any privacy is defiantly not blessed. Meryl realises her life isn’t blessed when she says “I can’t work under these conditions…it’s unprofessional”. If Meryl lived outside The Truman Show, she would be able to control her own actions and not be under constant stress from her producers. She would be able to choose whom she loves and create her own family. Meryl’s life would be more blessed if she wasn’t a part of The Truman Show.
Some aspects of Truman’s life may be blessed but the sacrifices forced on Truman are not worth the outcome of the show. Although Christof believes Sea Haven is a better world for Truman to live in, it is actually destroying him. Christof falsely states “you have nothing to fear”. Throughout Truman’s life, Christof forces fears onto him just for the smooth running of the show. From his birth, Truman was cared and loved only because his happiness was necessary for the enjoyment of the audience. Although the show needs Truman content, the priorities of the show always exceed Truman’s true needs. Entertainment is valued over morality. Truman’s “blessed life” lacks freedom. He didn’t...
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