The Truman Show Religion Essay

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The movie, The Truman Show, can be related to religion in many ways. Jim Carrey stars as Truman Burbank, a 30-year-old man, whose whole life has been the plot of an acclaimed TV show. The movie shows how reality can be altered and created when confined into a small space. The movie is set in the town of Sea Haven, which is built inside a studio in Hollywood, California. Truman was born and adopted by a corporation, and that's when the show started. Throughout the movie, there are three religious points brought up, the issue of free will, God as all knowing, and the ideas of Calvin. The director has made it clear that religion plays an important role in everybody's life, and it is hard to escape from God.Truman Burbank was born and raised in Seahaven. Seahaven was not what he truly thought it was, it was a television set. Every person in his life was an actor, his job was not real, and his house was not truly his. The unfortunate thing was that Truman had no clue that his life was not his own. In the beginning of the movie Truman was more a Calvinist meaning everything was predestined for him. The creator of the show, Christof, tried to play the role of creator. His name in itself is symbolic; it sounds very much like Christ. Christof watches over Truman's every move. Christof controlled Truman's life and knew what would happen next. For example, Christof has many people come in and out of Truman's life, for entertainment purposes only and this is where Christof is different from God. As creator of Truman's world, Christof controls the sun, the weather, the water, and even the behavior of Seahaven's inhabitants, but he is a total fraud. He is off from God, or "Christ-off". Unlike the benevolent God, he controls his creation with cold technology, calculation, and a disrespect of Truman's agency. Time and time again, he thwarts Truman's righteous desires and manipulates him for his own purpose. As God created the earth, Christof has created the set and all that is around him. Everything that God usually controls, like the weather, Christof controlled in his Seahaven.Seahaven is an anagram of heaven. The world Christof has created is a paradise compared to the real world. Everything is always perfect. All the people are always happy and the weather is always warm and sunny. People perceive heaven as this perfect place, which Seahaven tries to be. When Truman is leaving, Christof gives him the choice to stay in this safe haven or leave to go the evil world. Christof has tried so hard to make Truman's world perfect and he cannot understand why he would want to leave to go live in a world, which includes evil.One scene of the movie changes Truman's life and makes him realize what is going on around him. Truman is driving in his car and the radio station begins to break up and he hears the crewmembers of the show giving directions to the actors/actresses and stating exactly where he is. From that point on, Truman recognizes that his life is not...

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