Freedom In Peter Weir's Film 'The Truman Show'

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Peter Weir’s film, The Truman Show explores the ideas about the nature of freedom through: symbolism, camera techniques and dialogue to portray irony that this “genuine” world that Truman lives by everyday is rather a façade as he seeks to find the real truth and gain freedom. His journey portray the escape from a deteriorating society through the acceptance of truth and have the courage to move forward open minded for the unknown as freedom is something one has to fight for. Truman’s everyday life in this stage-set world, unaware of the reality that his life is all for the glory of a TV show, rather confined in this ‘utopia’, a perfect place to be where everything is “perfect...always”. His life, marriage, family, job and friendships all seem to keep Truman confined in this mere…show more content…
His life is represented by circular motifs, similarly the cycle of actors who pass his house, “Lady…flowers…dented beetle…”, revolving in a never ending cycle symbolized by the revolving door and round a bouts, which are both important symbols to indicate the break of his habitual life and begins the journey to find truth. Life in Seahaven represents a call for freedom; an escape from this world of routine, symbolic of confinement in ways it is so vast that Truman abides. “And in case I don’t see ya’- good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” is used repetitively to show Truman’s confinement in the world created for him and his monotonous lifestyle. It is represented through Truman’s teenage dream to be an explorer, where Fiji symbolizes his freedom, an idealized alternative to Truman’s suppressive life as it helps to focus his two greatest desires- to explore

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