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Sometimes perfection can be perfect hell.” Utopia: the seemingly perfect world, one that combines happiness and honesty with purity, equality and peace. However, in George Orwell’s novel, 1984 and The Truman Show, readers and viewers are presented with a clever contradiction, dystopia. In both 1984 and The Truman Show, there are dystopia. Both the novel and the film have a “controller”, an all-powerful force who controls every aspect of the dystopia. In 1984, this dystopia is The Party, the force who will not even let its citizen’s have freedom of thought. In The Truman Show, the force is Christof, a man who makes an outwardly perfect world where one man is separated from the outside world completely. No hope lies in a world with any freedom. The dystopia presented in 1984 is one that has no freedom whatsoever. The Party is the force that controls everything, similar to The Truman Show, where a man, Christof, creates the “perfect” world.
This world contains one helpless man, Truman, who is trapped in a world where nothing is real. The utopian society in The Truman Show presents many good things, such as a comfortable lifestyle, happiness and no war. However, Truman is separated from the outside world, and the entire outside world is watching his every move on television all day. There is no sense of “real”; no real relationships, no privacy, and no trust, all of which Truman is blindly unaware of. However, in 1984, Winston experiences constant discomfort, much fear and suffering, low living standards and no freedom. A utopian world seems pleasant to the viewers of the Truman Show because they don’t know of any true suffering, whereas Winston has vague memories of another life which, in comparison to his constant suffering, seems amazing. All Winston truly knows is war and chaos, whereas all Truman truly knows is peace, happiness, and comfort.
Orwell’s 1984 and The Truman Show are similar in some aspects, one being that neither the citizen’s of 1984 and Truman can never escape from their dystopias. Winston is a strong headed man who is totally against The Party, and is transformed, brainwashed and eventually lead into believing false concepts, loving the thing that he once despised most. Truman, who is truly trapped inside his “utopia”, cannot find an escape until he faces his fear of the ocean and finally escapes through the exit door. The creators of these worlds, The Party and Christof possess extremely similar motives. Both are power hungry, keeping constant control of their subjects.
They both give the idea of perfection, though both worlds are far from perfect. Though both Christof and The Party aim to create an all-powerful everlasting regime, there are a few differences in the way that they operate. Christof’s alternative motives are to entertain the world with the first “real” reality show, make money and to give the world the idea of perfection. The Party aims to reap the world of freedom, create havoc, destruction and war, and to instill fear in everybody, brainwashing and torturing those who do not conform. However, both Christof and The Party aim to keep their societies contained.
“Christof’ – Interesting name, sounds like ‘Christ Of…’. Why might this be interesting to write about? Is Christof really Christ-like? How? Why?
‘Truman’ – is he ‘Truly’ a ‘Man’? Just a man? ‘Everyman’? Or any individual?
What historical concepts was Orwell drawing on for the creation of ‘The Party’ and ‘Big Brother’? Hint: you may find the same thing in Animal Farm.
Is the Utopia that the Truman Show presents really a Dystopia in disguise? What do we really call paradise? Is it not a Utopia any more when we find out we’ve been lied to? Is any place that we are happy a Utopia? Can ignorance create its own Utopias?
The Truman Show Essay
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The Truman Show is a film which has been developed through a range of images. Peter Weir has creatively directed a film portraying the media and its impact on society. Within this film we see the effectiveness of techniques, which include camera angles, framing, shot types, camera movement, style of music, costuming and sequencing. By using a range of different techniques Weir is able to create emotive images and portray three different worlds to the audience.
Image is everything in today’s society appearance of things have become more important that what they really are and these images are being constantly fed to us through the media. Image has both a positive and negative influence on the individual but most people have been drawn into…show more content…
Another image that Peter Weir used in this film is the representation of Christof as the director or ‘creator’ of The Truman Show. Christof portrays himself as the man behind the show and once we are able to see through his tough exterior we can see that he is not a completely unsympathetic character but quite and conservative. Christof is a very powerful man and is portrayed as a god-like figure. This is shown through the image of individual versus society - as Truman the individual is constantly trying to break free from the control and strong hold of Christof who represents the society.
Meryl , Truman’s wife is clearly shown as an actor and portraying an image of stereotypical women from the 1950’s with her fitted bodices and flared knee length skirts. She plays and overly-devoted mother like figure to Truman. Meryl is also used for product placement and in the middle of a conversation with Truman she will begin to describe the wonders of a product. In the beginning Truman just thinks she is being enthusiastic. But soon begins to realise that she isn’t talking to him and in fact is selling the product to viewers. Meryl continually tries to manipulate Truman emphasising her superiority over him. Throughout the film we can clearly see Meryl and Truman show no emotion towards each other this helps emphasise Truman’s love for Silvia and the construction of her image. Peter