Truman is planning to leave Sea Haven and is in the travel agents, Truman wants to go to Fiji. On the wall; there are posters to put off customers flying. The posters say “Flying is dangerous,” These posters are there because of Christof dosen’t want Truman to leave or attempt to leave Sea Haven. Christof is clever in a way because he uses devices nto make Truman stay in Sea Haven. Christof has created Trumans fear of water by controlling his father to die in water (sea) hence Truman’s fear of water. The morality of this has two sides: one side is that Christof creates these devises and fears to stop Truman trying to leave Seah Haven, and the other side is-the viewers can see Trumans emotion. Christof dosent use physical force to stop truman leaving, as he wants to create a world where there is freedom for Truman (or where Truman thinks he’s free.)
At the start of the film Truman we see Truman in his bathroom,waring his pyjamis. After a long pause, (his could be Peter Weirs way of creating suspence) a hand wipes the condensation off the glass, then wee see Truman’ Face. The fact that the we (the viewer watching the show) shows us that there is a two-way mirror. Truman is having no facial expression and stares at the mirror for a while. He talks to himself via the mirror as if he was participating he was in a t.v interview ( No knowing that he’s the star of his own show.) When Truman talks to himself, it symbolises that he is comfortable in his own world and when he speaks like he is being interviewed, it suggests that he is a celebtrie but does not even know it yet. Truman opens his bathroom cabinet and replaces his shaving tackle, we see the lensof the hidden camera.
Truman then puts his Jumper on, which Meryl bought him, The camera closes up on the manufactures name. This plays a big part in ‘The Truman Show’ (t.v show) because money fuels the whole show. So without advertising, merchandising there wouldn’t be a show. Truman is sitting on thre sofa, his mother and wife have just departed, On the T.V it said,”tonights golden-oldies is enduring a muched loved classic, ‘how me the way to go home’. A hym of praise to small-town life where we learn that you dont have to leave home to discover what the world is all about and that no one is poor who has friends,” This is another attempt from christof to manipulate Truman’s mind to make him stay and continue with the normal,daily broadcasting of the show.
All christof’s devices are violating Truman’s human rights. Truman dosn’t realize that he is not excercising his full power of human rights, he dosent even realize that he is living in an artificial world. We live in a society where we can take full advantage of our human rights and when you compare our reality to trumans world there is a big difference. Although in our society there is a there is a minority of reality T.V shows; such as ‘big brother’, for the viewer watching it is not realy reality because it is edited by the producers and is not realy live broadcasting. Also in the ‘big brother house’ it is a game show, so people aren’t realy being ‘normal’, they are playing a number of mind games to win other peoples votes. In the ‘big brother house’ the participants realize that they are being watched so they can excersise there human rights.
“We accept the reality with which we are presented.” Christof, creater of the ‘The Truman Show’ (show) christof obviously would say this because he is the creater of Truman’s world. Everybody accepts the reality with which they are presented, but if we want freedom, we can have freedom, but in Trumans presented reality, he cann’t because everything he does is being controlled. So Truman does not accept the his reality because he hasn’t got a choice, hence his burning desire to be free, which of course, he achieves.