Sunday, February 2, 2014

Keeping Things Interesting

When people start feeling invincible they for whatever reason begin to question reality. Society can make us feel like we cant ever have things ALWAYS go our way, like in the Truman Show, Truman began questioning reality when he began realizing that everything was being controlled by his actions as if he were invincible.

Little did he know he was the star of a hit TV show called the Truman Show, which is why he was so invincible; everything he did was scripted, and when it wasn’t the cast of the show did whatever they could to predict his next move & keep him in line.

The producer described the show as, “a world within a world,” and that “we accept the reality that we are born into.”  This is true. I never have questioned the reality I live in because I have never felt invincible or felt like something was scripted ever in my life. I have never thought to question the reality I live in either because it is all that I know. For Truman, I think it was the lack of fear that drove him to believe there was another world out there.

I wonder…is it fear that drives us? Is life worth living if there is no fear? If we never had to fear anything, I think we wouldn’t know what to cherish.  The creator of the TV show insisted that Truman should stay in the world he has crated for him because he had nothing to fear there, but Truman chose to leave, which is why I think fear is needed in a society. It keeps things interesting.

I found the portrayal of reality versus fake reality to be interesting: the real world was captured the most by waitresses in a diner, which implies that the real world is made up of working class citizens that invest their times/lives around other peoples lives. One can assume that the “real” world isn’t so interesting, since so many people from the real world were shown watching Truman’s life on screen. Once the Truman show was off the air for good, two workers were shown watching TV and asked each other, “want to see what else is on…yeah” this supports that society seeks to find an escape through an alternate society/universe (that universe being TV) foreign to their own.  This could be due to the cliché saying that “the grass is always greener” or “people want what they can’t have.” Both Truman’s life and other “real” people’s lives seemed to seek something they did not have. Truman wanted to find the “real” world, and people on the outside wanted to escape the real world for an hour or two. People are drawn to whatever will make their life a little more interesting, either out of fear, boredom, or pure curiosity.

As a side note: I think it’s so interesting the choice of actor to play the role of Truman when considering the film is about “reality” because Jim Carey is a vey creative & out of the box type individual. I would really like to hear his take on what he defines as the “real” world due to his website. Jim Carey's website so unique & out of the norm for actors, websites, and shows a different side to him, I think it sheds a little light on how he views reality (creative, diverse, complex etc.).

1 comment:

  1. I was struck by this sentence in your post: "Truman wanted to find the 'real” world,' and people on the outside wanted to escape the real world for an hour or two." The idea of escape seems pertinent here. If one escapes to a daydream, or if one escapes into a theater for a couple of hours, it's interesting to think of that time as "not real." As if "reality" were less about the experience of being alive and more about experiencing pain instead of pleasure. I like how the film inverts this, suggesting that pleasure-- symbolized in the always-smiling Meryl-- is really inauthentic, and that for something to count as "real" it has to include a fuller range of emotions. But now that I think of it, Truman also experienced the "death" of his father in Seahaven; the fact that the death was staged doesn't seem to make it less real to Truman, does it? So just pondering the connections that pleasure/pain, escape/confrontation have to this notion of "reality." Thanks for being our first posting on the blog!


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