The View that Religious Imagery and the Theme of Alice in Wonderland in the Matrix Successfully Represents the Development of the Narrative

The View that Religious Imagery and the Theme of Alice in Wonderland in the Matrix Successfully Represents the Development of the Narrative

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The View that Religious Imagery and the Theme of Alice in Wonderland in the Matrix Successfully Represents the Development of the Narrative


Religious imagery is an important theme in the Matrix because it has a
lot of messages that are important for understanding the film.
Christianity is a major religion referred to numerous times although
there is a blend of Buddhism along with it, for example many of the
names used are religious figures or meanings. Trinity means the
joining of the three characters Morpheous, Neo and trinity (Father,
Son and the Holy Spirit). Neo is an anagram of one. Neo is
continuously referred to at ‘the one’ (The Son of God). Morpheous’
ship is called the Nebuchadnezzar in the old testament, the king of
Babylon was called Nebuchadnezzar and he defeated the Egyptians,
captured Jerusalem and restored Babylon to its glory. Noticeably the
crew refer to their home as Zion ( heaven).

When Neo goes to visit The Oracle she gives him some cookies; this
refers to Delphic Oracle who was a woman in Ancient Greek times who
gave honey and barley cakes to those who asked for her advice.

When Neo looks into the cracked mirror in a over the shoulder shot in
the tumbling down the rabbit hole scene it is referring to Buddhism;
in the Buddhist religion mirrors are important because they need
reflection in order to free oneself. At the end of the film Neo is
resurrected by Trinity just as Jesus ‘the one’ was resurrected by God.

Alice in Wonderland is referred to because it is comparing Neo to
Alice – who doesn’t know where she is when she enters the dream world
of Wonderland and Neo when he enters the Matrix and doesn’t know what
is happening to him.

At the start of the film when Neo is asleep at his computer it
exclaims ‘follow the white rabbit…’ this is a blend of post-modern
concepts- blending religion with literature. When Neo is vulnerable
and excited at the prospect of his journey of self-discovery but it is
also referring to Alice in Wonderland as this also is important to the

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narrative in The Matrix. When Neo sees the tattoo of the white rabbit
on the woman’s shoulder in a close-up shot, he knows to follow them.

Morpheous comments to Neo in the pill taking scene ‘ I imagine that
right now you are feeling a bit like Alice; tumbling down the rabbit
hole this means that Neo feels like he is entering a different world.’
When Cypher says ‘… buckle your seatbelt Dorothy ‘cos Kansas is going
bye bye!’ he means that Kansas is the dream world (the real world) and
like Neo she is going into another world (The Matrix).

The Matrix is concerned with dreaming. Morpheous questions in a
distant shot ‘Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure
was real? What if you were unable to wake up from that dream? How
would you know the difference between the dream world and the real
world; here he is trying to explain to Neo about the Matrix and what
it is like and preparing him fro what to expect.
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