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Matrix And The Myth Of The Cave Mix Between Movie And Philosophy

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Can Anything Be Real?Reality is recognized and understood through our senses, however, how can we know if our senses are right or wrong? Viewers of The Matrix can easily identify with this question due to the movie's unique approach on reality. The Matrix, is a rare movie that dramatically express's the view that what one sees may not depict what true reality is. The movie shows the life of a hacker named Neo, who has a steady job and lives in an apartment; essentially he has a normal life. However, he soon meet's a character named Morpheus, who enlightens Neo by showing him he has been living in a computer generated world which is controlled by Artificial Intelligence. Meaning Neo's life up to this point is understood as a lie, it did not happen, it was not reality. With this understood it is hard to imagine what is reality, can one really know or prove that this world is real or is it generated such as the Matrix that Neo was living in? These are, at the core, the fundamental questions that humans live on even though it cannot be proved nor answered. It is however been conversed through years of philosophical understandings such as the book crafted many years ago by the Greek philosopher, Plato, which was called The Allegory of the Cave.Though both stories were made many years apart, Plato's story of the Allegory of the Cave intertwines with the idea behind The Matrix. Firstly, Plato's begins the story by describing a dark underground cave where a group of people chained from an early age with their faces towards the wall reside. Due to this, their view of reality is shaped differently; their limited view from the cave is what they make of reality. Meaning there minds cannot comprehend that anything else can be reality, to them this is their real world. Which is exactly how Neo and the rest of the human population within the Matrix felt. To them reality is what they see, touch, hear, smell and taste. Nothing more, nothing less.Nevertheless, Plato now introduces 'puppet-handlers.' These people are the ones holding the prisoners in the cave captive. Walking behind the prisoners, the puppet-handlers create shadows on the cave walls; the prisoners are able to see the objects and each other as only vague, unclear shadows on the wall in front of them. Due to the fact that is the only thing they saw, to them that was real and nothing more, it was the shadow that was real and not the one creating the shadow by putting the object in front of the light. They are tricked into believing that what they hear in the cave and see before them is the true reality that exists. They have no reason to accept what their senses are telling them and reality is reality. However, in the Matrix, Neo is forced to face a painful truth, Neo discovers that what he has been living in his whole life was only a mere reflection or shadow of the complete truth.Also, as pointed out in the story, the freed prisoner might now believe that...

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