Comparing The Matrix And Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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The Matrix trilogy, a series of films created by Andy and Lana Wachowski, and Allegory of the Cave is a work by the Greek philosopher Plato. Both ask the question of “What is reality?” and are we living in the real world or an illusion created by ourselves to adapt to the environment? The Matrix films are a sci-fi series that reflects on a system of what is real. The system is used to keep order, for the benefit of one, but not harming the other due to the illusion they are experiencing. This film draws from many different schools of Philosophy. The works of Rene Descartes, and Socrates and the Oracle. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave comes to mind because they share many similar characteristics. The Matrix system is a modern version of Plato’s Cave. The Matrix and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave both show us how to perceive our own reality and to distinguish between what is real…show more content…
And once the truth of the real world has been accepted, Neo is determine to set free all humans that are trapped in the Matrix, and here is the question that is posed. Does the trapped mind (person) want to be freed? We must remember that between Plato’s allegory and the Matrix, you can see that both characters in both stories (prisoner and Neo) are brought from their caves and into the light to seek a form of truth. The prisoner sees shadows in the cave for what they really are and Neo sees the Matrix for what it really is and after having this experience, they both understand a true reality, but as with the question does the trapped mind/person want to be freed? As we found out with Plato, the prisoner returned and found that the fellow prisoners were not receptive to his newfound knowledge. And with Neo, only certain minds could be freed, those that deep down wanted to be free and those that could embrace the real world, young minds that had no problem letting go of the

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