Truman's Fate

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Truman's Fate

Joe Millionaire. The Bachelor. Survivor. The Real World. What are these names? These are just a few of the dozens of reality television shows that have become popular in recent years. American society has become so insecure, that people feel they need to watch the misery and joy felt by others in order to feel entertained and safe. In The Truman Show, the director, Peter Weir focuses on the flaws of society through the insatiable thirst for television our culture displays. The film is as thought provoking as it is funny and Weir uses irony and symbolism in the excellent film, The Truman Show, to satirize society's flaws.

The Truman Show is film about a man named Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey), who is the star of a twenty-four-hour-a-day reality television series. There is a twist however; Truman does not know he is on television. He also does not know that every person that he has encountered his entire life have been actors, including his wife, his best friends, his co-workers and even his parents.

The audience learns that Truman was adopted by the television network after an unwanted pregnancy, and with over 5,000 hidden cameras, the show begins the moment he is born. The "island" where Truman lives is one giant stage, located in a massive dome that is completely shut off from the rest of the world. Truman never aspires to leave Seahaven Island because of his fear of water that was instilled at an early age. The creator of the show is named Christof, who directs the actions of the entire studio. Throughout the movie however, Christof begins to lose control of Truman and the entire island. Eventually, Truman realizes there is something terribly wrong with his life and tries to escape by boat. In the...