The Matrix and the Allegory of the Cave
The Matrix and the Allegory of the Cave Qais Alizada 12/2012 The Matrix and The Allegory of the Cave For an unbelievably long time, uue have been all asking ourselves this question: What is real? Both science and religion have furnished us with their own answers to this fundamental question of reality. We ultimately cannot know what is real. In The Wachowskis’ story. The Matrix. people refuse to accept the truth. The truth, being the fact, that they are in a controlled world where nothing is real. In the excerpt, The Allegory of the Cave, from gook VII ofThe Republic, written by
Plato and narrated by Socrates, argues that lite is ironic because in our quest to find the truth, all we see are our own shadows. 80th The Matrix” and The Allegory of the Cave” have a time of rejection and a time of acceptance. The main theme presented in both stories is the nature of reality and this theme is proven in both “The Matrix” and ‘The Allegory of the Cave. ” The only thing these ideas point to is the same underlying intuition, mainly, that the world as we experience it, is not truty, what ir seems.
Lers Start off with the work of Plato and the Socrates, The plot in The Allegory f the Cave,” has a scenario in which prisoners are bound by shackles from birth. They sit facing a wall inside B cave. From birth. these prisoners have only experienced the shadows on the wall, cast by puppeteers carrying objects things like animals, and human beings. These people, in their ignorance, take these shadows tor the real things In the course of the allegory, we are all told that one lucky prisoner is finally freed and forced to Turn around to the real reality.
At first, he sees the source of the shadows he has been watching his whole life. He now nows that the shadows are caused by a blazing fire. Eventually. this character is dragged outside and is completely blinded and dazzled by the sun’s light (‘the brightest blaze of being”‘ As a result of living in dull darkness his whole life, the now freed prisoner cannot make out anything due to the sun’s splendor; nevertheless, step by step he begins to get a load of the real trees, the real stones. he real animals, and the real clouds that have been reflected by the real water instead of the fake image of these objects. Once his eyes settle down, he is ble to look up to the bright light of the sun’s rays, just like he said, MLast of he will be able to see the sun, and not the mere reflections of him in the water, but he will see him in his own proper place, and not in another; and he will contemplate him as he is. ” Basically, the prisoner doesnt believe what he sees.
He rejects the truth at first because it is too much for him to handle. but, later he realizes that the truth is that he was living in a lie, and what he is seeing now is the real truth. The first basic elements of The Allegory ofthe Cave are found in The Matrix, lthough the plot ot The Matrix is much more complex. The protagonist, Neo, and the prisoner in The Allegory resemble each other because they hoth escape the same condition: ignorance. They are also both introduced to the new condition: knowledge or self-knowledge.
They both believed that the first condition constituted the real world, but Neo already had a taste of the nature of the matrix before his initiation. At first, Neo just cannot believe the truth, but ironically, the truth he finds is strongly appalling. He basically meets his “master Morpheus and he delivers the truth to Neo pretty well. Morpheus’ question makes such an astonishing point: “Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure it was real?
What if you were unable to wake from that dream? HOW would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world? ” This obviously had Neo wondering just like it had me wondering. Another scene which is very eye-catching is the part when Neo asks, N. ‘hy do my eyes hurt? ‘ Morpheus replies, “Cause you’ve nc”Jer used them. ” Neo learns that the humans who are still tree live in Zion, an underground city, because they are hiding from achines that rule the real world.
These intelligent machines have captured most humans and placed them in a liquid filled pod since birth in order to steal their because they cannot acquire if from the sun any longer. Something in common here is that both stories have the sun as something significant. The “moment of truth” for The Allegory was when the prisoner directly sees rhe sun, “In the world of knowledge the Form Of the good is perceived last and with difficulty, but when it is seen it must be inferred that it is the cause of all that is ight. nd beautiful in all things, producing in the visible world light and the lord of light, and being lord in the intelligible world and the giver of truth and reason, and this Form of the good must be seen by whosoever would act wisely in public or in private. ” Another similarity is the cave that the prisoners live im It’s the same as the matrix that all the plugged humans live in, Neo was the one who escapes and the freed prisoner was the one who escapes. These two stories both share many events but in their own ways.
In conclusion, the only thing these ideas point to is the same underlying intuition, mainly, that the world as we experience it, is not truly, what it seems. This point is just made so offen in both otthese two pieces. The plot to The Matrix and The Allegory of the Cave are both astonishing and impressive because of the doorways that lead to the significant events of each story. A ton of similarities were shared throughout the course of both these tales and the same main message was expressed through both of these stories: the nature of reality. Is it actually real?