The Matrix and the cave
There are numerous similarities between The Matrix and “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato. “The Allegory of the Cave” has prisoners of the cave that are unable to move and only able to see what passes over their cave and there is one prisoner that is freed (Plato, circa 380 BC). The Matrix has humans trapped inside of the matrix. (Silver Pictures & Wachowski Brothers, 1999). The main character is Neo. Neo represents the prisoner from Plato’s cave that was freed. Neo woke up to a reality that was not easy to understand. He awoke to find that there were other humans that were fixed and unable to move by electronic cords, and that what he had thought that what he was seeing during his life was what was programmed by a computer simulation. The similarities of these are based on the perception of reality.
The differences between The Matrix and “The Allegory of the Cave” is seen in a number of ways. The Matrix has the goal was to free everyone. The freedom in “The Allegory of the Cave” seems to be to free just the one that was released. In The Matrix the resistance (group of freed people) worked together to help each other and free others. In “The Allegory of the Cave” there did not seem to be any organization in helping each other out. The differences seem to be organized around one major difference – the individual versus the common good of many.
The Matrix and Descartes
The Matrix has similarities with Descartes’ Meditations of First Philosophy as well (Descartes, 1641). First similarity is both the Descartes and The Matrix speak about accepting things that are not true as the truth. In The Matrix these false beliefs are the “reality” that the computer wants the person to believe. Descartes considered anything false that could not be proven without a doubt as true. Both The Matrix and Descartes speak of a greater force that is deceiving the people in each respective story. They both talk of those things around them as not being true. The similarities of both The Matrix and Descartes are the perception of reality and what is true.
The Matrix and Descartes have differences as well. Descartes appears to be basing his essay on...