The Meaning of Freedom Depicted in the Movie, The Truman Show

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On the surface, The Truman Show is an entertaining drama of a heartless human experiment. But if you look a bit deeper many thought-provoking questions arise: What is freedom? Are you still free if you are being manipulated and controlled by others? How do you become truly free? As the main character, Truman Burbank, confronts these questions, the writers invite the viewer to ponder the meaning of freedom, the effects of manipulation and the steps to discovering true freedom. Freedom can be described as the ability to choose the best possible good. In the beginning of the movie, Truman did have some freedom but it was severely limited to only what the pseudo-world inside a television studio presented to him. Of course, the producer of The Truman Show, Christof, wanted to keep up the deception and prevent Truman from knowing the truth so he manipulated Truman into doing what he had planned by offering a limited set of options. Truman could choose the best possible good from the options Christof presented him but he had no idea of all the goods that were being denied him in his reduced freedom. Because Truman was being manipulated for most of his life, he had never experienced true freedom. For example, Christof could never allow him to leave the island of Seahaven because if he did he would discover the truth and ruin the TV show. The writers of the show tried to nip Truman’s enthusiasm for travel in the bud such as when he announced to the class that he wanted to be an explorer when he grew up. The teacher immediately told him that he was too late for everything had already been discovered. A few years later, something more drastic was called for and they decided to write Truman’s father out of The Truman Show in a boating a... ... middle of paper ... ...n a lie. At this pivotal moment or realization, Truman had two choices: to stay in his comfortably familiar life or venture into unknown territory. Christof tried to convince him to stay; saying that this false world is perfect, he belongs here, but now that Truman knows the truth he can’t just sit back and let other people run his life. He resolved to leave everything he has ever known and to take his chances outside and for the first time in his life made a truly free choice. In The Truman Show, Truman discovered the meaning of freedom and broke away from all the lies and machinations and became truly free. He made one of the toughest decisions to leave behind his old life and start a new life on his own terms. Life is full of tough choices but it is better to choose for yourself and live with the consequences than have someone else decide your life for you.

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