Post Structuralism In The Truman Show

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Post–structuralism as Storey (2012) suggests it rejects the possibility of a basic structure where the meaning can be secure and ensured. Meaning is always being generated and when people perceive meaning as content it is only a momentary stop, which continue to flow, and produces more meanings (Storey, 2012). Michel Foucault is one of the post-structuralism that this paper will make reference to. This essay is a detailed analysis of the film “The Truman Show” (1998) directed by Peter Weir using the approach of Michael Foucault’s theory of discourse and power as well as a close study of panopticon in relation to the popular text. Foucault (1980) mentions that power "reaches into the very grain of individuals, touches their bodies and inserts…show more content…
It is understood that Foucault analyses the relationship between power and knowledge, and how both power and knowledge are applied in our daily lives as a type of social control through education. Also, Michel Foucault (1980) states it is “through knowledge that we are created.” Nagyzekmi (2009) states that with all the “experiences of knowledge” that one has, then “in the early life of those who control them holds greater power.” According to IMDb (1998), The Truman Show is based on an insurance salesman named Truman who discovers his entire life is made up for a television show. The Truman Show is a reality television program where Christof is known as the creator and this film illuminates a documentary on Truman’s life even though everything around him is fake and made up under a dome but his emotions and feelings are real. Truman even has an on screen wife as well as close friend who supports the creator’s statement. Truman Burbank has no clue that there are 5,000 hidden cameras recording him in his entire life, making him one of the famous stars around the globe in the film itself. Truman does not know that Seahaven Island is a platform of a television studio under a dome where he lives, controlled by
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