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The Truman Show Assignment

Don’t forget that your assignment is due in Tuesday Dec 11th.

If you need more information, check out all the things I’ve put on the blog about ‘The Truman Show’ here.  Or, make sure you ask me for help BEFORE the due date!

Good luck!


Truman’s Name

Remember why Truman is called Truman.

It’s a representation of his nature.  He is the only ‘true man’ in the movie.  Everyone else is lying to him, they are constantly putting on an act.  He’s the only one who is actually being real, not putting on a performance.

Truman Show Quotes

posterHere are some sites where you can find quotes from ‘The Truman Show’.  Or you can look up your own.

Remember, the point of using a quote is to back up your point.  Don’t use quotes for the sake of it.  They are designed to give you evidence for your argument.

You need to use AT LEAST 3 quotes.

The Truman Show Review

Here is your assignment for ‘The Truman Show’.  You can download your own copy here:

Movie Review Assignment

It’s due on Tuesday Dec 11th and you will have the rest of this week in class to work on it.

Remember it needs to be between 750 – 1250 words.

You must include at least 3 quotes.  Make sure you use examples from the film.  Don’t say things like ‘he started to discover that things weren’t quite right’ without evidence.  Like what?  Talk about how he noticed those people circling his block, or the light falling from the sky etc.



Write a movie review of ‘The Truman Show’

Include the following elements in your movie review:

  1. In the opening paragraph state the title, and BRIEFLY summarise the plot of the movie. Describe how you truly feel about the film. What is your honest reaction to the film? Did you like/dislike it? Was it confusing? Exciting? Suspenseful? Boring?
  1. In the next three paragraphs analyse the literary, dramatic, and cinematic aspects of the film. Please use examples from the movie to support your analysis.

Literary – The literary aspects relate to the story, dialogue and characters. Was there a good story? Believable characters? Good dialogue? Did the main character change throughout the film? Did you notice a character arc? What was the main conflict and how was it resolved? Did the story interest you? Pick ONE or TWO of these aspects to analyse, and use specific examples from the movie to support your analysis.

Dramatic – The dramatic aspects relate to the acting, sets, locations and costumes. Were the actors good? Was the setting or location interesting? Did the actors wear costumes? Was there a famous movie star in the film? Pick ONE or TWO of these aspects to analyse, and use specific examples from the movie to support your analysis.

Cinematic – The cinematic aspects relate to the camera angles, composition, lighting, music and sound effects. Did you notice the cinematography? Were there interesting camera angles, or cool video and sound effects? Did the music match the film? Pick ONE or TWO of these aspects to analyse, and use specific examples from the movie to support your analysis.

  1. In the conclusion, rate the film (out of 5 stars) and state whether or not you would recommend the film to a friend.


Here is the timeline of the novel we did in class. Complete with my awesome drawings!



Essay Topic

The question for your essay is:

“How does Carl Matt change throughout the novel ‘A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove’?”

It needs to be 750 – 1000 words.

It is due on October 9, the first day back after the holidays.  NO EXCUSES!

Start off by talking about what Carl was like in the beginning, then move on to talking about how he changes.

Who are the people around him that help him to change?  Are they good for him or bad for him?  How do they affect him?  How much of an impact do they have on him?  How do the things that happen to Carl affect him?  How do the things that happen to other characters in the novel affect Carl?

End your essay by talking about what Carl is like at the end of the book and how that is different to how he started out.

Remember to put in examples from the book (and page number references).

Remember, never talk in the first person (eg ‘I think…’, ‘I liked…’).  This is a text analysis.  Talk about facts, use information, don’t tell me your opinion.

In this essay you are combining your chapter summaries with your character analysis.  Please don’t forget that you need to hand those in too!

Make sure you ask for help if you need it!

I am going to be very harsh on anyone who doesn’t hand this in on time.  You will lose 10% every day you don’t hand it in.  There is no excuse for not getting this in on time.  If you need help, email me, don’t just not do it.  You’ve had plenty of time for this, both in class and at home.  Do your best and I’ll be happy 🙂

The Book Is Over!


Well we’ve finished our book ‘A Bridge To Wiseman’s Cove’.

Make sure you’re up to date with all your chapter summaries and character analyses, this will ensure you have all the information readily available to you to write a a good essay about the novel.

We’ll be working on this essay for the rest of the term, so make sure you keep bringing your novel to class.

Good luck!

Here is a downloadable copy of one of the handouts about how to write a textual analysis essay in case you lose yours.

Textual Analysis