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The Truman Show

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Ryan Schaefer SOC 101 5/6/09 The Truman Show Though Shakespeare was known more for his contributions to literature he spoke a sociological truth when he wrote, “ All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” Erving Goffman coined this term to be dramaturgical analysis and this is the basis of interest to The Truman Show. In the sociological analysis of The Truman Show one can see The Role Theory and the Motivational Theory in action (no pun intended). In dealing with the role theory and specifically dramaturgical analysis one can literally see that Truman’s life is an actual stage, with actors, scripts and props. Within the interaction of Truman the actors are exposing their front stage behavior. This behavior consists of keeping order and reciting lines given by the director, Christof. Just as in an actual play there is both a front and a back stage. In this case the backstage is the moon headquarters and the interactions between actors to keep Truman oblivious. In
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Unformatted text preview: every play an actor conveys a particular role, and in the Truman Show Chrsitof made it so that Truman was surrounded by the right roles and made him apart of particular scenes to re-socialize him to fear leaving the island. Truman experienced role distancing during the film when he gave everyone the impression that he was normal or “going through the motions” when in his reality “lacked serious commitment to his role”. One aspect of society, artificial or not, that Christof underestimated was that deviance is normal. It is Durkeheim who said that deviance is functional and exists in all societies. This would explain why Truman felt the need to deviate from his disgustingly orderly lifestyle. He called it spontaneity! This is an aspect of the motivational theory and it is through Truman’s impulsive action that he created a healthy social change in his Ryan Schaefer SOC 101 5/6/09 artificial life....
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