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An individual’s process of discovery can result in their emotional awakening to a new perspective of themselves and their surrounding society, leading them to question and challenge the values and attitudes of their context. In Jane Harrison’s play Rainbow’s End and “The Truman Show” by eter Weir, responders witness the impact of a society’s values and attitudes in shaping the personal discoveries undertaken by Dolly and her mother Gladys and, Trumanin accordance to the world around him. In Rainbows End, Gladys’ emotional discovery of self is shaped by her gradual rejection of the dominant values and beliefs of the play’s 1950’s assimilationist context.Gladys undergoes an emotional process of self-discovery that radically alters her values and attitudes toward the society in which she lives. Initially, she wholly adheres and aspires to the contextual attitudes and beliefs 1950’s assimilationist Australia and projects these ideals onto her daughter Dolly, for whom she wants to live an ideal European life. “French verbs! Mink stones! You put ideas into that girl’s head.” She needs to know the world is bigger than just this.”. Gladys wants Dolly to live the European life and to privilege the European culture at the expense of the Aboriginal culture. “My girl, a graduate…” As she finds out about the encyclopaedias she sees a new world and new possibilities to Dolly so she can get an education and assimilate into the white culture. Much like ‘Rainbows End’, the Truman show is a key example of dystopia and constructed utopia, which ultimately led Truman into the journey of discovery about his own truth. The Truman Show is loaded with scenes that examine the western ?constructed reality? while metaphorically unpacking its audio-visual material. “”We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.” On a superficial level it is easy to see the latent critique of a consumer society, therefore the film can easily be dismissed as just another cynical look at our alienating society where everything is commodified, including human beings. Without the freedom in Rainbows End in which the characters had to discover their realities and secrets that had been hidden and repressed, Truman had to hide and uncover the mysteries around him in secret in fear of getting caught by the “all knowing” director and tyrant of the show, Christof. Names of both characters show their underlying stereotype. Truman, which stands for true man who is a humble and down to earth person, whereas Christof stands for christ, which portrays his god complex. through his god complex Christof states and truly believes ” I have given Truman the chance to lead a normal life. The world, the place you live in, is the sick place.” and “Cue the Sun!”Truman’s ultimate self discovery of his world was an unplanned timeline of events such as his wife advertising hot coco despite the fact there was only truman and her in the room, a police officer that he had never met calling him by his name and his dads reappearance twice.. The end result for truman was confronting as he learnt of his 30 years of life had been broadcasted on live tv from birth to almost death in a twisted cyclical manner. “Good morning, and in case i dont see ya, good evening and goodnight”  while looking through his wedding album, Truman realizes that Meryl’s fingers are crossed during their vows, a well known gesture for not meaning what has been said or promised”I’ll cross my fingers for ya” This is the first time that Meryl realizes something has changed within Truman and that Christof’s carefully laid emotional weaponry may no longer work on him.The relationships between these texts is evidence that discoveries impact and often transform individual to reconsider their lives. The first discovery often lead us to further discoveries that are more significant because they often result in the reassessment of previous prejudices, assumptions and social stereotypes.