Comparison Of Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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In Plato’s Allegory of The Cave, prisoners are kept since child birth in a dark cave, they are only able to see nothing but shadow figures move on the wall of the cave. They perceive that as their true reality since that is all they have known all their life. A prisoner breaks free from his shackles and is blinded by the light of the sun. He realized that his reality in the cave was not real, he sees people and understands what reality is now. The prisoner goes back to explain to the others what he has seen but they don’t believe him because they believed in their own reality.
The Wachowski brothers improved the allegory of the cave by focusing the direction on human emotions and feelings bringing in a more humanistic approach. Both the Allegory
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Neo is the main character of ‘’The Matrix” and is captive in a false reality created by the Matrix a computer program, which has taken over the world. In Plato’s Allegory, the prisoner understands reality experienced in the cave and the real reality outside of the cave. Another similarity that “The Matrix” and the Allegory have is the acceptance of the truth of what Neo and the prisoner must go through when that happens they will acquire a deeper knowledge. In order to obtain such knowledge, both the prisoner and Neo need to experience that their senses have deceived them. Another similarity shared is that both characters stories are controlled by a higher power. One example is that Neo lives in a world controlled by the Matrix and Plato's prisoner is in a cave controlled by their captors. Both prisoner…show more content…
Neo is introduced to “the desert of the real” when shown to the real world by Morpheus which hints Baudrillard. The film doesn’t exactly acknowledge Karl Marx but since the humans are being used by a false illusion, Marx says that the working class is being used by a higher class yet the working class does not see themselves being exploited since their occupied by social message to mask their own perception. Descartes is referenced with his famous term “I think therefore I am.” In his book Meditations on First Philosophy Descartes questions, how can we really know that the world we experience is an illusion being forced upon us by an evil being? Descartes says he believes in what he sees and feels while he dreams, that he cannot depend on his senses so he and the rest might be or in control of an evil being. The evil being, in this case, is the Matrix that forces an illusion upon the humans and uses them as energy. Descartes also claims that his dreams are vivid enough to be convinced that his dreams are real, but the humans in the Matrix have no idea that their sensations are false that they are
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