Truman Show -Describe at Least One Idea That Was Worth Learning About. Explain Why the Idea Was Worth Learning About.

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The Truman Show,a film directed by Peter Weir, the idea of the manipulation and influence of the media on our everyday lives was an idea worth learning about as it was relatable to our lives in the present. Weir depicts this idea through the roles of Truman Burbank (the protagonist), the setting of Seahaven and the role of Christoff (the show's 'creator'). The audience get a sense of the grave influence of media on our society today through these various aspects of the film. Truman Burbank is by nature, an optimistic and happy-go-lucky guy who leads an idyllic normal life of a successful man in America. He also has the admirable traits of being strong in his beliefs and observant of his surroundings. Truman was chosen as the star of a reality television show that revolves around his life -and he is completely oblivious of it. He was one of 6 unwanted babies who was born into the world at the time of the show's creation. He was chosen as he awoke at the right time and the producers felt that by adopting him for the show would be giving him an opportunity to lead a normal life. Thus, every aspect of Truman's life is influenced entirely by the media. For example, in Truman's childhood, his aspirations of becoming an explorer were crushed by his teacher by saying “it's too late,” as there was “nothing left to explore,”. Truman became discouraged and never became one. Also, the tragic death of his 'father' as sea was the cause for Truman's fear of water. For this, when Truman wanted to go to Fiji to escape from his world, his boss sent him on an assignment to leave Seahaven by boat to remind him of his fear and prevent him from leaving. However, even after Truman overcame these psychological barriers, he was cleverly blocked from escaping by a series of external factors e.g. nuclear accident, bush fire by Christoff. The extent to which Truman's actions are controlled

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