Fake Love In The Truman Show
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The term fake love in itself does not make that much sense. How can someone express love, which is feeling that provides unconditional caring and commitment, and then call it fake. The only real way to have fake love for someone is to not love at all, but just to think you love. In the movie The Truman Show there are many individuals whom exhibit an illusion of love for the main character, Truman. At the beginning of the movie many of the characters appear to have genuine love for Truman. However, as the movie progresses almost all of the people whom are close to Truman, show in one way or another how they only think they love him. The best examples of these types of characters are his wife, his best friend, and his creator. His own wife, someone whom should be completely faithful and truthful with him lies to him on a daily basis. Her fake love is most clear when she crosses that line between actress and a real person. When she is acting she is trying her best to portray a woman whom truly loves him, but after seeing her act for so long even Truman can see her real personality underneath. He spots a person whom in real life cannot even stand him, but she puts a vale on to cover that. She probably really would like to love him but she cannot change the person she is any more than Truman can. Truman’s best friend has the same fake love traits as his wife. Even though they were friends from children they always had a secret between them. He had the illusion of loving Truman probably just because he had known him so long. Though, once you’ve lied to a person over and over the love is gone. He lied so many times that by the end of the film it could be seen that even at Truman’s worst moment he could lie to him to keep his job and the show going on. Truman’s wife and friend were not the only people in his life that had an illusion of love for him. Every one that he came in contact with in his own little city had a sort of fake love for him. He was the reason that they were employed and the reason that the show went on.
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They wanted to love him for that but they couldn’t have true love just covered up love just like everyone else in his life. All through out his life all of Truman’s real loves and passions were stifled just to keep the show going. His want to explore was set back in order to keep him in his world. Also, his passion for the mysterious Sylvie was fought back. It may not have been real love that Truman had for Sylvie but he didn’t even have the freedom to make that chose. The person that probably had the most fake love for Truman was his creator, Christof. Christof from the very first time we see him has an illusion of loving Truman. Obviously though he does not have true love for Truman because he never lets him know the truth so he can choose for himself. So it can be seen that everyone in Truman’s life carries a mask around. They would like to love him but they always have a lie separating them, which makes the love impossible.
The Truman Show begins with the opening credits for "The Truman Show", the fictional television show, and not for the film itself. What does this say about the artificiality of movies and the way we view things?
In certain instances throughout the film, Peter Weir differentiates between "The Truman Show" cameras and The Truman Show cameras, and concurrently, there are points when the film and the television show are one and the same. The opening credits are an immediate way for Weir to draw his viewer's attention to the artifice of film and television. We only know that the credits are fictional because we recognize Ed Harris, Laura Linney and Noah Emmerich as actors - but the film itself does not acknowledge them as so. Similarly, Truman has no way of knowing that the people around him are professional actors - he can only react to the information he is given.
Despite Christof's various manipulations over the course of Truman's life, Truman still feels an unshakeable sense of wanderlust at the beginning of the film. What does this say about human nature?
As Truman matures, he develops a sense of curiosity about the world, and is less gullible when Christof and his team manufacture rational explanations for every unexpected event in his life. Curiosity is an essential part of human nature, and just as Eve could not resist the apple, Truman cannot resist exploring the root of his paranoia. Perhaps he will hate the world outside Seahaven and come running back inside - but at least he will have agency over his life. His actions will be based on truth.
As Truman starts to recognize the artificiality of his world, he also takes more control over his life. Describe his journey to empowerment using key scenes in the film as examples of his development.
Truman is skeptical when the cinema light falls from the sky, but doesn't think much of it. However, he realizes that something is going on when Kirk (his father) reappears - and this time, he won't take no for an answer. He trusts what he has seen with his own eyes and can no longer ignore his suspicions. Similarly, when he hears the production walkie-talkies over his car radio identifying his exact location, he pushes the limits of his suspicion, leading "The Truman Show" crew scrambling to keep up the artifice. When he kidnaps Meryl and tries to drive away, he realizes that she is in on the lies and that he is all alone. Finally, when he outsmarts Christof and his crew and escapes on a boat, he has conquered his greatest fear in order to continue his quest for the truth.
Christof manufactures Truman's relationships to keep him in the dark. Describe how his mother, Meryl, and Marlon subtly manipulate Truman, taking advantage of his weaknesses to make him stay in Seahaven.
Meryl quells Truman's impulses to travel by reminding him about the practical concerns in life - having a baby, paying off their mortgage, retirement. Truman's mother, Angela, subtly reminds Truman of the pain and guilt he associates with traveling on or over water by suggesting that Truman is responsible for his father's death. Marlon plays an "everyman" who always tells Truman that his life is wonderful and there is nothing out there to top what he has in Seahaven. Marlon serves as a kind of therapist, trying to connect Truman's mounting paranoia to the way most human beings react to maturing and having increased responsibility.
Compare and contrast the relationships that Truman has with Meryl and Lauren/Sylvia. What do these two romances say about the authenticity and nature of love?
Meryl does everything by the book. She plays a damsel in distress and falls on Truman, she smiles, flirts, supports him, and lionizes him. She plays her role of a wife with gusto. However, she does not love Truman in her heart, and he realizes this. Lauren/Sylvia, however, only has a few actual interactions with Truman, but she leaves an impression on him. She truly cares about him and puts herself at risk when she tries to tell him the truth about his life. Truman's framed photograph of Meryl is symbolic of his relationships with these two women. In the frame is Meryl, the posed, fake, woman who shares Truman's life. Hidden behind Meryl's picture is a collage of features that resemble Lauren/Sylvia, a real woman based on Truman's memories. All he has of her is an image in his mind, but he cherishes her more than Meryl - because what Truman and Lauren/Sylvia have is real.
Christof indicates that he thinks Truman is protected on Seahaven Island, describing it as his version of a utopia. However, Truman still wants to break out - what does this say about the division between utopia and dystopia?
A utopia is a place where everything is perfect and well-ordered, and everyone is happy. A dystopia is the opposite, and the inhabitants of a dystopia are often under the thumb of a totalitarian government or dictator. Seahaven Island may seem like a utopia at first because everyone is happy, Weir slowly reveals the dystopian power that Christof possesses. All of Truman's life is a lie, and Christof has trapped him on the island using a variety of hidden barriers. Therefore, the utopia is an illusion, and when Truman tries to escape - the curtain falls away, revealing the dystopian reality within.
Describe the fears that Truman must conquer in order to face the "truth" at the end of the film
Truman is afraid of anyone finding out about his innermost desires (he makes secret phone calls to Fiji and keeps Lauren/Sylvia's sweater hidden in his trunk). He is afraid of letting people down (he is concerned when Laurence warns him about his job). He is afraid of water and air travel because of all the mishaps that seem to accompany them - notably the death of his father. However, Truman is able to conquer all his fears - he knows he has to do this in order to have a chance at figuring out the truth. Once he overcomes his fears and faces his own mortality - he is free.
Discuss the significance of the film's ending, namely: Weir never shows the audience what happens to Truman after he steps out of the Seahaven dome, and the fact that the security guards, both devoted Truman viewers, look for "something else to watch." What does this say about the audiences - both of "The Truman Show" and of the film?
While Truman ends the film on his quest for truth, his viewers are looking for another manufactured illusion to lose themselves in. Weir points out the omnipotence of the media in this way - it is a commercialization of human life, profiting off of our unfulfilled desires. Whatever we may not find in our lives, we can live vicariously through television. While Truman is able to break the chains of Christof's gilded prison, his viewers prefer the illusion to the reality.
Describe the difference in the way Weir films "The Truman Show" (the fictional show) and The Truman Show (Peter Weir's film). How do these visual choices inform Weir's message?
Peter Weir clearly indicates the images that come from the "The Truman Show" surveillance cameras. The footage from these cameras is often from odd angles or from behind various surfaces. It looks like surveillance footage because of the frequent vignette effect - like a camera positioned far away and zoomed in on Truman. Weir's own camera, however, is one step closer to Truman at certain points to reveal the artifice of Truman's world. For example, Weir shows the world outside of Seahaven Island - Christof's control center, Truman's loyal viewers, and illuminates various cracks in Christof's carefully constructed facade that Truman does not notice. However, especially towards the end of the film, there is no differentiation between these two perspectives - especially when Truman makes his grand escape to sea. This is Weir's way of drawing a parallel between the artifice of "The Truman Show" and any media that we, as viewers, willingly consume and believe as truth.
Weir never reveals Truman's true feelings about the return of his "father." What does this choice say about Truman's character at this point in the film? Do you think that Truman was convinced by Marlon's speech - why or why not?
Weir shows the audience the reunion between Truman and his father from Christof's perspective - in the control room. Christof is more concerned about how to frame the moment for the most emotional impact - zoom in, music swells, cue close-up - than about how this manipulated version of reality might affect Truman himself. Similarly, Christof bases Marlon's speech on his own perceptions of Truman - it is not rooted in Marlon's real feelings. Therefore, there is now a growing divide between the version of Truman that Christof presents to his audience and Truman's own self - the two were once much more closely linked. It is possible that Truman doubts the sincerity of Marlon's speech - but he keeps this secret hidden inside him. He is so exposed at all times that this is the only way Truman can protect himself.