Have you ever wanted to get away from reality, and go explore something new? Have you always felt like you were trapped in your town or city and couldn’t wait to get out? The Truman Show, a film by Peter Weir, and the star, Jim Carey, as Truman Burbank promotes an idea of a perfect world, which becomes Truman Burbank’s reality. In the ending scene Truman has finally realized that the “perfect world” that he lives in isn’t so perfect in fact; it’s fake.
He journeys to find a way out, dealing with obstacles the Director, Christof, has made. When finally reaching the perimeter of the dome that has been keeping Truman captive since birth, he sees that all this time everyone has been lying to him. He realizes that there’s more out there for him then just the city of Seahaven. He climbs the stairs that lead to a new life and before he could walk out the door Christof begins to speak. The camera zooms in on Truman.
The theme of the Truman Show is that the people of the world need to stand up to manipulators of media and television if we want to escape the reality they are trying to force upon us; In the ending scene Truman has a chance to finally escape the reality Christof has made for him. Christof has tried to play god and manipulates every part of Truman’s life. He surrounds Truman with illusions, scripts and stage managed events. When Truman gets of the boat he feels like a weight has been lifted off of him. Christof tells Truman before he leaves “There’s no more truth out there than there is in the world I created for you”.
When he says this he means that the same lies that he has told Truman and made Truman believe are the same lies that will be told in the outside world only worse. The theme of the ending scene is that we can escape the reality created for us and make our own. In addition, the setting of the ending scene correlates with the theme. Without the setting the theme wouldn’t have as much importance to the ending scene. The setting of the ending scene is at the edge of the dome. There’s fake clouds painted for when your look out into the sea from the city it looks real.
There’s stairs and a door that lead to the unknown world. Sound is cooperated into the setting with a dramatic music in the background. The sun is really where everyone who helps produce the show works and where Christof finally talks to Truman. Truman is amazed at everything that is going on. All this time he never knew that there was actually a way out of Seahaven. When Christof begins to talk the clouds move from the sun almost to create a god like setting. The setting of the ending scene focuses on how Truman has finally made it to the end of the dome and is about to be free.