Not only is the Truman show a great and entertaining film but also a fun and easy way to teach techniques used in films. I’m here to represent my class to argue why the Truman show should still be used as a close study of text for year 11 English. This film uses a great actor to portray many important themes and messages throughout the film..
. these include: * Media manipulation * Morals and ethics * Reality vs. Illusion * The power of the human spiritThese different themes are used during the film to send important messages and morals to the audience. Peter weir uses these themes not to make money from a great movie but to actually mimic the film industry and show that all we care about now is money and ratings. Media manipulation is one of the main themes in this film but is also used in our day to day lives. My generation has been manipulated by the media since we were little kids by TV and advertisement placement.
This is a main technique used in the film.An example of the advertisement placement is when Truman is in the basement of his house and he is fixing his lawnmower the wife (Merlyn) comes down and says that we she get a new lawn mower and names the brand in which paid for the advertisement during the show. This happened throughout the film and Truman never notices because it’s been that way his whole life. This example shows how important this theme is and why we should keep using this as a study of text. We can relate to it because it happens to us every day.Another example of media manipulation is shown when the media makes you feel as if his life is perfect; nice house, wife and desk job. It’s not as perfect as it seems and the director in the movie ‘chrisof’ wants the world to believe it is perfect and wants everyone to want a life like Truman. We all know nothings perfect as it seems in the media and sometimes we have to think for ourselves.
Morals and ethics is also a main theme in the film… what kind of morals or ethics would a person have to give up their baby and sell it to a film company.
.. ot only sell it to a film company but in prison the baby in an artificial world… this theme shows that the media is always trying to make money and the message peter weir is sending out is that morals and ethics are seen as a thing of the past these days it’s like we don’t care about anything but entertainment any more.Reality vs.
Illusion… this theme is used all through the film…
mainly in the scenes showing the audience watching the Truman show on TV. its meaning how do we know when the media is in control of our lives..
. s it when we watch every episode no matter what, like the man in the bathtub… is it when we can’t fall asleep without the noise of the TV, like the two little old ladies… or when it’s more important than our work, like the security guard and the waitresses at the bar.
There is no definite line but we have to make sure that it’s just to entertain not to actually take over our lives. This theme is very important because the media is all around us all of the time.And it’s hard to not get stuck in an illusion Another main theme is the power of the human spirit this is very important in this film.
Truman could have ignored his instinct and just went on with his life but he had a feeling which made him doubt everything and everyone, if he didn’t have this feeling he would have never faced his fears of the water or escaped from his prison. The last scene where chrisof his playing god and Truman just keeps on going… he knows at this moment that he is going to get out or die trying.But he made through storm, he made it through till the end and found the way out…
a staircase and an exit door. This is one of the most powerful senses in the film and peter weir is saying even though sometimes something may seem impossible to do if you believe in it and you’re passionate to find the answer you always will. In conclusion I would like to state that this is a great film, it’s relatable and it’s entertaining. This is one of the best movies I have ever used for a close study of text not only is it fun but also so easy to learn.