The Matrix and the Allegory of the Cave
The Matrix and the Allegory of the Cave KatrinaCan1 The Matrix and The Allegory of the Cave “The Allegory of the Cave” and “The Matrix” is similar stories which about there are two realities, one is illusion and the other is real. In both stories, rhe humans trapped in the in the illusion, they see only what the orehrs want them to see, but they believe they see reality as it really is. They accept what their senses tell them as all that exists.
In “The Allegory of the Cave,- the prisoners have chained their legs and necks by “puppet-handles” who creating the shadow and represent s the powerful people. In “The Matrix,” people are being fooled and influenced by the take reality, also the “shadow” because they are also living inside the artificial world they have created, In “The Allegory of The Cave,” Plato assumes that one of the prisoners has escaped from his chains and flees the cave. After. his person turning around in his chair, he would be able to see the real objects instead shadows on the cave wall. In the movie, ‘The Matrix,” this scene directly parallels with Neo’s scene in the matrix. After Neo “awake”, he see, for the first ime, his true surroundings. At first, the treed prisoner ouould be confused at what he saw. “… he will suffer sharp pains; the glare will distress him,” (Plato,p2). When Neo is finally confronted with the surrounding. the real world, he is uncertain about this world is the virtual world. In “The Allegory of the Cave. the freed man might even feel that what he was seeing now was the illusion and the shadows on the wall uuere actually more reaL ‘Will he not fancy that the shadows which he formerly saw are truer than the objects which are now shown o him? ” (Plato,p2). The freed prisoner’s first reaction would be to turn around and return to the false reality because it is less painful and more familiar to him. As similar as the movie Cypher tells Trinity. “I think the matrix can be more real than this world. ” According to Plato, the freed man musr_ have started to question what he saw and wondered about where the shadows came from.
He must have sensed that something was wrong and he wanted to know the trutlm This theme is also found in the movie; Morpheus tells Neo, “You’re here because ou know something: People who live in the false reality do not know there is other way of existence other than that Which they experienced. The person who is freed would want to share his discovery of the real world with those still trapped in the cave, however, he would not want to go back to live there. “I think that he would rather suffer anything than entertain these false notions and live in this miserable manner. ” (Plato,p3).
In the end, rhe free prisoner attempt to go back to the cave to educate the prisoners in the cave; nevertheless, they do not omprehend what the person who has returned is telling them about the world outside the cave; and they think he is “ridiculous offender. Also, in The Matrix, Morpheus tells Neo, “You haue to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it,” We somehow influenced hy the thoughts and actions of others, hut at the same time. we have the ability to question and make our c»vn choices as the free man and Neo.