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I need to write a report about The Truman Show in which I will assume the role of...

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truelov | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM via web

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I need to write a report about The Truman Show in which I will assume the role of Christof, the creator of "The Truman Show." Can you provide some guidance?

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appletrees | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 14, 2013 at 4:59 PM (Answer #1)

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It is very telling that the name of this character is "Christof" because he is a god-like figure and this suggests he has a "Christ-like" role to play. Because Truman is at first unaware that his life is not real, and that he is in fact being viewed by millions of people every day, there is a feeling of helplessness and lack of autonomy to his existence. This is similar to what some people may think about their lives when they consider that destiny, fate and the actions of others can govern our ives and make it difficult to live lives of free will and choice. Truman escapes this mindset by deciding to take control of his own destiny; it is a sort of existential crisis, and existentialism is normally at odds with monotheistic religion (like Christianity). In speaking in Christof's voice or inhabiting his point of view, it seems necessary to assume he has a great deal of ego and arrogance, given the assumption that he had gained a great deal of power and money by enslaving Truman and controlling his every day life.

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