Compare The Matrix And Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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The Matrix, a 1999 film created by Andy and Lana Wachowski, and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave both reveal the ongoing questions of “What is reality?” and “Are we living in the real world or an illusion?” Matrix is a sci-fi action film that talks about how the real world that Neo thought to be real was only an illusion and how the people living in the Matrix world are being trapped in a cave. This film adapted from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave because they share many similar characteristics and Matrix is a modern, more exciting version of Plato’s Allegory of the 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 and what is not real using our senses.
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Between Plato’s allegory and the Matrix, you can see that both people in both stories, the prisoners and Neo, are brought from their caves and into the light to seek their true reality. The prisoner sees shadows in the cave, which is a direct comparison to what Neo sees in the Matrix. The Matrix itself is a prison built as a virtual world that controls everyone and everything in it and is basically another reality. This other world has things in it that we cannot see, smell, or touch. It puts you into a virtual state of mind, so even when you think you are not trapped, you still are trapped. As Neo enters the Matrix, this is the same as the prisoners trapped in the cave. When the prisoner in the Allegory of the Cave gets released and brought up in the real world, this is when Neo chooses to believe whether the Matrix is real or …show more content…

Both the Matrix and the “Allegory of the Cave” deal with people that are subjected to thought control. In both cases, the controlled subjects have no choice of whether or not to accept these images that are constantly appearing in front of them, because they have been physically restrained since birth. The shadows presented on the walls in the cave have the same effect on the human brain as does the matrix. The shadows are designed to manipulate the viewer’s perception of life, forcing the subject to believe in a false reality. The humans’ body position stays in an everlasting position facing directly at a wall, meanwhile shadows are constantly appearing, resembling a movie screen or a puppet show. In the movie, the matrix was created as an artificial dream world to permanently occupy the human mind, while the machines enslave the people in order to obtain the electric power generated by the human body. The question of “what will happen if someone is freed” is discussed at the end of the Allegory of the Cave, and is seen in the Matrix, and they both tell us the same thing about the human condition. In The Matrix, there is a whole scene dedicated to the part when Neo was told the truth about the real world, and how he has been living in a

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