Pursue of Future with Courage ----the Comments on The Truman Show

The School of Foreign Languages China West Normal University

A Paper for Appreciating English Movies

May 2014


Pursue of Future with Courage ----the Comments on The Truman Show
Abstract: What is true for us? When we find that the life is just a play and all we believe are false, what we can do is just to pursue of the real life regardless of the consequences, terminating all the lies in our lives. The film of The Truman Show describes an allegory about self-atonement with modern artistic style, to reflect the yearning to live in freedom and the anxiety caused by modern media. Through this movie, director presents a powerful argument against the negative aspects in our lives. This movie really provokes much thinking. For profound implications are expressed by seeming fantastic ways in this movie. And the important one is to be the real one and pursue of future with courage. Key words: The Truman Show, freedom, media, truth

The Truman Show is a 1998 American psychological satirical comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir and written by Andrew Niccol. The cast includes Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, as well as Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Ed Harris and Natascha McElhone. The film is a financial and critical success, and earns numerous nominations at the 71st Academy Awards, 56th Golden Globe Awards, 52nd British Academy Film Awards and The Saturn Awards. The Truman Show has been analyzed as a thesis on Christianity, simulated reality, existentialism and the rise of reality television. The film chronicles the life of a man who is initially unaware that he is living in a constructed reality television show, broadcast around the clock to billions of people across the globe. Truman becomes suspicious of his perceived reality and embarks on a quest to discover the truth about his life. In the end he manages to get out, leaving false world behind and going to that real but dark and dangerous world. Up to now, her meaning of name is not a kind of satire. After watching The Truman Show, I have


become increasingly aware of me being in a cage. My feeling is complicated. This movie pushes me to think about such as the culture differences between Han ethnic group and others, the life we may choose in the rest of our life, etc. Truman’s life is absolutely a vast lie. Sometimes I wonder if I also live in that fake world. When I find my life is a big lie, do I have the courage to expose it? I don’t know. But in daily life, just as Truman, a weaved cage restricts our personal liberty and makes people give up the right to plan the future, even lives. Invisibly, collars are in our necks and one guy as god fastens the string of the collar and directs the way of life. As time passes, we gradually lost our soul and can’t do anything to make up. Nowadays media is popular in our daily life. We surf the internet to look up news whenever we want. We like to watch movies, news, soap operas talk shows or other television programs in our leisure time. Surfing the internet to know anything we want to know. We always talk with our classmates about everything happened around us. Pubic figures seems don’t have the rights to keep privacy. Modern media seemingly make us freer, but in fact it shows our anxiety to life. More dependent on media we are, more puzzling to our future. We can see our own shadow from Truman. We are both full of the yearning for freedom and the unknown world. But in the same time, we imprison our spirit and our soul. Just as seawater make Truman be afraid, fear also house our action, causing us can not adventure. In this way we gradually lose the courage of self-break and self realization, being the slave of life forever. We long for freedom, but can not put aside our own concerns; we yearn for a voyage far away from home, but can not liberate from a dangerous inner strain. It looks like difficult because we must give up everything we are used to. But it is not so difficult for us if we have the courage to insist in for a little longer or push us to go a little harder. Then our soul will be unloosened and lifted up. Linking to the world we live, we are just like Truman. Our lives are controlled intangibly. We always feel we have drifted into a long river and can not navigate the way in rapids. All kinds of things such as money, power and material desire take control of our lives and affect our thoughts. When watching this movie, a touch of sadness is swarming in my mind. Actually, my mood is paradoxical.

Because just as the producer of that program said at the last of the movie, the world he creates for Truman is perfect, while the real world is inundated with ugliness and evil. If you were Truman, what would you choose? We pursue of benefits, so we improve science technology. In the end we make great success. But sad to say we also lose ourselves in this world of desire crosscurrent. Be used to acting, can we be enough brave to get away from the stage and say goodbye to audiences with grace? This movie shows us how important our choices are. We can never have real lives if we never choose the way to go by ourselves. A real and hopeful life needs us to take courage and commitment to live your dreams. Life is only once for everyone, so we must be responsible to ourselves. Christopher makes Truman a life, a life is more like a heaven and have nothing to fear in there. But Truman does not satisfy and tries to escape from it. Even when faced with huge storms, he does not give up. That is the significance of humanity! We are living for our dreams, for the real person we want to be, for an unexampled and exited life. Acting for audiences can make us a star, but it is not the meaning of life. We must stand up and break the rule. After fighting, it is the time to choose the path we bound to. This must be a tough decision, because we might not have a second chance to change. So we hesitate in front of paths and lose in contemplation. God shows up again with another look, which is kind and counterfeit. After a harsh fighting in our mind, we turn around; say goodbye to God and all the audience. Maybe the way we choose is much tougher than others; maybe after several years, we are still nobody. But we will never regret, we make a plan on ourselves, we choose an unwritten life. Just like the poem: The Road Not Taken, written by Robert Lee Frost. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. And sorry I could not travel both. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Actually life is a show, no matter in virtual or real world we all play role in different part. We all should be brave facing of new life and challenge. Life is valuable certainly, but love values more. Because of freedom, we can give up both. So we should be the real ones and pursue of freedom with courage. Whatever we may give up, we should not let our lives be controlled. We must try our best to make a meaningful life to achieve our own values.

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