We live each day of our lives without questioning the life around us. We have an innate belief, or faith in our world, and our reality. In the film The Truman Show, the lead character, Truman Burbank, is born and raised in a mock reality. He grows up having faith that his world is reality, and never questions it. He grows up in a world where his destiny is controlled, but not fake. These concepts and more lead to an inevitable question: Is Truman's world imaginary? It is nearly impossible to define imaginary versus reality, and it is for this reason that one must approach this question from a different angle. It is better stated as: What makes a world real? Reality is defined by three characteristics: material possessions, relationships
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While society is able to influence the choices of beer Truman makes, they have little clout when dealing with matters of the heart. Although Truman's relationship with his wife, Meryl, is largely controlled by the producers of the show, it is obvious that he cares deeply for her. While most of Meryl's decisions are controlled by the show, Truman makes choices everyday which affect his relationship with Meryl, and he does so without any influence. The producers can only control outside variables, it is impossible for them to control Truman himself. As it's creator, Christof, says: "While the world he inhabits is in some respects counterfeit, there's nothing fake about Truman himself. No scripts, no cue cards...It isn't always Shakespeare but it's genuine. It's a life." Truman's decisions demonstrate his obvious love for his wife, as he puts her happiness ahead of his own.
He also forges a strong relationship and deep trust with his best friend, Marlon, who reciprocates by providing a close shoulder for him to cry on. Marlon is used by the producers to calm Truman as the voice of reason, when Meryl's attempts fail. Their relationship is based on years of friendship, since high school. As the two reminisce about cheating on high school tests, Marlon and Truman express their dependence on each other as Marlon says "'Cause