Christian Mythology In The Matrix Essay

4090 words - 16 pages

Christian Mythology in The Matrix

Through the movie we see parallel’s of Neo and Christian Mythology. Temptation from Satan to Jesus and the temptation to Neo from the Agents, are some very profound similarities between the two personages.
In the beginning of the movie Thomas Anderson, or Neo, is arrested. The agents try to cut a bargain trading a new life for giving up Morpheus.
In the scene with the agents and Neo we have mythical symbolism that relates to biblical times. As Agent Smith lectures Thomas, he flips through a record of Thomas' crimes. Smith is like Satan, who will always be called the 'accuser'. (Revelation 12:9-12). Agent Smith tells Thomas three distinct lies during the interrogation scene. Satan is the 'father of lies' (John 8:44).
Lie #1: Agent Smith indicates that Thomas' illusionary Matrix life is reality – having a job, paying taxes, helping the landlady. In contrast, Smith tells Thomas that his other (hacker) life is "lived in computers", which is an interesting twist of words! In truth, it is Thomas' illusionary life in the Matrix - his job, taxes, and landlady – that is "lived in computers" that generate the Matrix simulation! The real life that Thomas will live as Neo outside the Matrix is NOT lived "in computers".
Satan's lie is a complete reversal of truth. He lies that this tangible earthly life is all there is, that it is substantial, and that the spiritual things are silly myth that we should stop seeking.
Lie #2: Smith says, "One of these lives [a life of lies inside the Matrix] has a [good] future, and one of them [a life of truth outside the Matrix] does not."
This is another direct reversal. Truth gives eternal life - a good future. Believing lies results in eternal death.
Lie #3: Agent Smith describes Morpheus as a 'dangerous man', a 'criminal' who must be brought to 'justice'. In truth, Morpheus is a good man – so good that he is willing to lay down his own life to allow Neo to escape the Agents in the wet-wall scene.
Satan again reverses roles, portraying himself as good and God as evil. Many people fall for this lie. For example, many see Satan as noble liberator in the garden of Eden but judge God as a stingy jailer – instead of seeing God as providing an idyllic environment, while selfish man just had to have one more tree despite the abundant orchards! Man, imitating Satan, said "I will be like God" and rebelled against his benevolent Creator – a Creator Who in turn humbly took the form of a man to be crucified for the willful sins of His own creation so that a way of redemption could be open to all by simply trusting the Rescuer. To regard someone as 'evil' that dies on your behalf is the height of deception.
In biblical times Jesus had a traitor among his decipilies, Judas. The Matrix is not without this betrayer.
The betrayer character is named "Cypher", a play on the word 'cipher'. In the dictionary, some interesting meanings of 'cipher' are 'zero' and 'one that is without...

Find Another Essay On Christian Mythology in The Matrix

Mythology in The Virgin Suicides Essay

710 words - 3 pages When one first thinks of mythology the first things that first come to mind are probably stories of Greek gods and goddesses, and the humans that prayed to them. We often forget that mythology does not end or begin with the Greeks. Authors have been using mythology for many would say centuries as a source for symbols, characters, situations, or images that conjures up universal feedback. In the case of “The Virgin Suicides” by Jeffrey Eugenides

Stereotypes in the Film The Matrix

2389 words - 10 pages Stereotypes in the Film The Matrix The purpose of this paper is to expose some of the stereotypes present in the film The Matrix, directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski. In order to accomplish this we shall see that although The Matrix is considered to be a film about rebellion, it contains several stereotypical portrayals, which actually make it a film that supports the status quo. We shall also see that the African American characters in

Ideology and Reality in the Movie, The Matrix

2331 words - 9 pages Ideology and Reality in the Movie, The Matrix The matrix, as presented in the eponymous film, operates as an Althusserian Ideological State Apparatus (ISA). The Matrix1 presents a world in which "the state [as] a 'machine' of repression" is made literal where robots rule the land (Althusser 68). It is true that they rule by force (sentinels and agents) and these constitute the Repressive State Apparatus, but their primary force of

A Tense Atmosphere in the Opening Scenes of The Matrix

907 words - 4 pages A Tense Atmosphere in the Opening Scenes of The Matrix There is a sense of mystery created in the opening scenes of ‘The Matrix’. One of these things is the alternating green digits at the very start. The viewer is not aware what is happening, and then one by one the columns of numbers stop alternating and fix on one number, creating a tense atmosphere as the viewer is unsure what numbers will be shown, or what will

The Matrix in relation to the clasical hero's journey

671 words - 3 pages the building, therefore being apprehended by the agents and interrogated. His supernatural aid comes in the form of Trinity, who calls him on the phone, picks him up, and sucks a the most literal image of a wire tap or "bug" out of him. Neo officially crosses the threshold and enters the world of the matrix when he chooses to take the red pill from Morpheus. Finally, he has the "belly of the whale" syndrome when everything he has ever known, his

The Matrix: Fear of Technology in a Dystopian World

1364 words - 5 pages The Matrix: Fear of Technology in a Dystopian World Millions of people flock to the movie theater year after year on a quest to be entertained. Even a mediocre movie has the ability to take the audience to another place, escaping the realities of their own life, if only for a mere two hours. Some movies are simply pure entertainment. And then, there are those movies that provoke conversation long after the film has been viewed. Dystopian

Film Noir Features in Blade Runner and The Matrix

1697 words - 7 pages Film Noir Features in Blade Runner and The Matrix “The Matrix” has a main science fiction theme but also includes features of film noir films. It is directed and written by Andy and Larry Wachowski. Other than Science Fiction and film noir the film can also be classed as a Hybrid. “Blade Runner” is more of a film noir film than “The Matrix”. Although it does include action and fighting scenes but these have film

Stereotypes in movies: Comparison Between "The Matrix" and "Napoleon Dynamite".

1906 words - 8 pages compelling parallels and themes for us to consider. To some, this fabulous film is merely an action packed feature in which martial arts is coordinated with remarkable special effects. The meaning of the Matrix in this movie is computer generated dream worlds that incarcerate an individual's mind from making their own choices and seeing the true reality of what the world really is. In the trilogy, the movie talks about the right of having to make

Heathen and Christian Elements in the Wanderer

2005 words - 8 pages Heathen and Christian Elements in the Wanderer       The modern word 'weird' bears only a superficial resemblance to its etymological descendent, wyrd.  What now stands for 'strange' and 'queer' only has an archaic connection to its classical meaning of 'Fate'.  During the process of evolution, however, the word went through many phases, especially during the formation of the English language by the Anglo-Saxons.         Wyrd

Christian References in William Blake's The Lamb

738 words - 3 pages questions. "The Lamb" in trying to convey the answers to certain philosophical questions exhibits basic Christian creedal statements and relays certain images concerning Jesus and also tries to explain His relation to common man. The opening line of the poem embodies every human's curiosities surrounding creation and the origins of human existence. The speaker naively questions the lamb regarding its nature and also its creation. The speaker

The Most Significant Events in Christian History

1756 words - 7 pages The Most Significant Events in Christian History Christianity began as a sectarian group of Judaism. The difference between Christianity and Judaism at the time was how they interpreted the Bible. The Christians had interpreted it in such a way that they believed Jesus to be the messiah (Weaver 39). As Christianity began, it was highly ridiculed and looked down upon. However, there were many significant events that changed this small

Similar Essays

The Matrix Finding Reality In The Matrix

807 words - 3 pages reality in the plot, such as The Lawnmower Man, and Hackers, the one most prevalent to me is The Matrix. Although this movie contains many aspects of virtual reality, it stands out in my mind so much because it suggests that the world in which we live, is a virtual one. The Matrix has many different aspects of virtual reality and they are incorporated throughout the movie. Virtual reality is involved in this movie in one major way: it suggests that

Norse Vs. Christian Mythology: The Beginning And The End

1911 words - 8 pages each other, and in completely different parts of the globe, the highly contrasting traditions and folklore do not have much in common on first glance. However, despite the obvious cultural and spiritual differences between Norse and Christian mythos, a multitude of similarities can be found, mostly relating to the human condition. The location of the Norsemen greatly contributed to their mythology. Situated in Old Scandinavia (what is now parts

The Characters In The Matrix Essay

4218 words - 17 pages The Characters in The Matrix The Matrix (Wachowski & Wachowski 1999) is a battery powering an unending chatter of thought, images, productions, and discourse. In the film, a stabbing needle penetrates the black plug mounted on the back of a human skull, and the mind is overwhelmed by the matrix, an extensive simulacral world that, to its unknowing inhabitants, is in every way the same as reality, and to those merely passing through, is a

Breaking Free In The Matrix Essay

1232 words - 5 pages Breaking Free in The Matrix        Eighteenth-century Enlightenment philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau begins his infamous discourse The Social Contract by stating, "Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains. One thinks himself the master of others, and still remains a greater slave than they." Both Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" from The Republic and the Wachowski Brothers' hit film The Matrix discuss man's efforts on his