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Truman Show Essay The Truman Show is not only a work about contemporary society but it is also disguised with stories about birth the mind families and the Bible Thus in addition to representing people breaking free from oppressive social systems the characters are also disguised depictions of babies being born from the fake paradises of high-tech wombs into the world At the same time they portray a mind breaking free from neurosis and children breaking free from smothering and controlling parents And they are re-creations of ancient myths that tell stories about heroes who try to free themselves from oppressive supernatural beings All of these meanings relate to each other and in all of them the characters effort to break through the social control is an essential element of the story The movie also offers a concealed role playing of a baby being born and of the stages of birth Truman begins in a simple womblike paradise of safety and comfort in which he is at one with his world and accepts everything he is given Then there is a disruption caused by his recognition that he is being watched and there is a difficult birth as he braves a storm at sea is tossed around and almost drowns At the end in a more peaceful scene that combines images of birth and death he reaches the open door that will lead him into the world His creator tells him it is safe inside but he has the urge to genuinely live He rejects the fake heaven of his high-tech womb in order to be born so he will have a chance at an authentic although a more difficult life We also see the camouflaged image of the mind of a man lost in a false personality of false happiness His mind is kept in this state by an internalized and controlling image of a father who wants to stop him from achieving
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