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The Allegory Of The Cave With The Matrix

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Write a journal entry comparing the Allegory of the Cave with the Matrix. What are their similarities? What is the message in the Matrix and what does it have to do with the Allegory of the caveBack in 1999 when I first saw The Matrix, I liked it for its great cinematographic achievements and the action packed fight scenes. But after studying Plato's allegory of the cave, it brought in a whole new dimension to the movie. Although the movie is set in a relatively futuristic environment, it is based on a philosophy which has been available for thousands of years.One of the most obvious comparison between the two is Neo and the freed prisoner. When Neo chooses to take the red pill, that is like the prisoner leaving the ...view middle of the document...

This philosopher also conveyed to us that the prisoner at first would want to go back to the cave because it is less painful to him and more familiar; just like Neo, when he says "I can't go back, can I?".Another aspect that is present in both the Matrix and the allegory of the cave is the presence of the so called "Puppet-Handlers". In the allegory of the cave, the puppet handlers are the people who decide what the prisoners see, they decide what objects they are going to manipulate. Whereas in the Matrix, those puppet-handlers are the machines that were created. They create the fake reality that the people in the Matrix see. In comparison with our current lives, those puppet-handlers would be considered the media and television, which decide which "truth" comes out and which they will not broadcast. But of course, we could never know the real truth since everything is being manipulated and given a subjective point of view.These "truths" that we are told, are the shadows presented to us in the allegory. It is what the prisoners see, which isn't the full truth. This is shown in the Matrix, maybe a little more subtly, but we notice a view from Agent Smith's eyes. What he sees is a series of green and black alien codes which form up to create a hallway with three people standing. This shows to us that even the puppet-masters somehow live in the cave, and only see shadows too. They (the puppeteers) show the prisoners shadows because they feel that they have to keep them under control, and if they show them the truth, it would be too much, too painful, too real for them to handle. This is yet another example of what the media is doing to us.

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