Truman is afraid of anyone finding out about his innermost desires (he makes secret phone calls to Fiji and keeps Lauren/Sylvia’s sweater hidden in his trunk). He is afraid of letting people down (he is concerned when Laurence warns him about his job). He is afraid of water and air travel because of all the mishaps that seem to accompany them – notably the death of his father. However, Truman is able to conquer all his fears – he knows he has to do this in order to have a chance at figuring out the truth. Once he overcomes his fears and faces his own mortality – he is free.