Reality is always manipulated by the authorities throughout the world. This is no different in two particular movies, “The Truman Show” and “The Matrix”. So how do we know what reality is? How can we tell the difference between reality and a ‘Fake’ world? “Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?” (Morpheus, The Matrix). In both film texts there are a number of authorities who manipulate the reality of the world in order to maintain their control over the world.
The authorities in The Truman show include: Christof (Being the most important), The producers, Meryl and Marlon, Other cast members and the viewing Audience (Least Important). “We accept the reality of the world in which we are presented” (Christof). In other words if we believe the false world to be real, we will slowly begin to forget what reality is and accept that false world created. The authorities manipulated what Truman’s life was like and the people who were allowed into his. They did this to have a long lasting television program. There were a number of time throughout the film when manipulation occurs. For example when Truman was in the travel agency wanting to book a holiday to Fiji and the advisor tells him that there are no flights out of Seahaven (The name of the town in which Truman lives) for the next month. Another, when Truman picks up the newspaper and on the front page the headline reads “Seahaven, The safest and best location in the world”. This reinforces the constant message to him not to travel, that Seahaven is the best place for him to be. Although there are many other ways that Trumans life is manipulated to keep him in the dome in which he was trapped for a good part of his life they are done to manipulate him. Even though right at the end of the movie, he walks out of the dome and becomes the authority of his life....
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