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By: Andy Sabri Is the movie “The Matrix” a better reflection of Descartes meditation or Plato’s allegory of the caveI believe the movie “The Matrix” is a better reflection of Plato’s Allegory of the cave rather than Descartes meditation. I believe this because Descartes meditation is about a man who decided to change his perception on life. Plato’s Allegory of the cave is about prisoners who weren’t exposed to reality so they didn’t have any knowledge to imagine a world outside of their own and the one they only know. This reflects the matrix because in the movie we see Neo, a computer programer by day, but by night a computer hacker who only knew reality the way it was set up for him. Both the matrix and Plato don’t know the difference between what they know and what is realPremise 1: Acceptance of Truth The first main similarity between the two is how both the reading and movie started to accept the true nature of their reality. In the movie the matrix Neo gets contacted by Morpheus due to the fact that they believe he is the one to defeat the Matrix, The matrix is about this man who was born inside of a very intelligent machine and he had the ability to change what he wanted to remake the matrix. Neo must come to the realization that senses can be systematically deceived. The passage and movie both need to dig deeper and get a better knowledge before assuming. Just like the prisoners did with the shadows and Neo did with the matrix controlling the world. Neo better understands how the machine is deceiving him, making him able to decode it. In plato’s allegory of the cave, although the prisoners were released into the real world once they went back in to the world they knew, everything didn’t seem the same since knowing that shadows and fire do not control them and their is a different world behind all of it. Descartes mediation doesn’t relate to The Matrix like Plato does because in Descartes all that happens is this man changed his perspective on life, he didn’t accept and not accept anything. Premise 2: Both worlds are controlled by powerAlong with Acceptance of truth, another apparent similarity between the two is the fact that both the passage and the movie are controlled by a power. The Matrix is controlling their world and everyone in it. Where as in the Plato’s allegory of the cave the fire giving of shadows is what they are set to believe is controlling them. Morpheus knows that the matrix can be defeated that is why he brings Neo in to override its power. The prisoners in the cave realize that the fire is powering their world and when they escape they realize their is so much more than just a shadowing projecting their lives. In the matrix when Neo gets brought in, towards the end of the movie we see in a scene that as Neo is trying to defeat the matrix and everything that has to do with it, it isn’t an easy job but before giving up he tries multiple things because morpheus has faith in him that he is “the one” , because he had believed that he could defeat it he was successful. In the cave,the prisoners escape and see that the one projecting the shadows is the fire and realize that the outside world is so much more different then the world they know of and have known of since they were born and tied up to the chains. Premise 3: Illusion The matrix centres on a concept that the known world is all just an illusion, that is why I believe that Illusion is a very recurring similarity in both the matrix and Plato’s allegory of the cave. When Neo sees the real world for the first time, he realizes that everything he though was real was only an illusion much like the reflection of the shadows on the cave walls, which were only copies of things from the real world. At first Neo believes that he is just a regular guy who knows a little bit more about the world then anyone else, but when he gets in contact with Morpheus he realizes that there is more to the world then he knows, as the movie goes on there are many examples that the world is all just an illusion, like how he had to choose between both the red pill and the blue pill. In the cave the prisoners see the shadows as just an illusion and find a way to break out of it. Both the passage and movie both are based around their worlds being illusions.ConclusionIn conclusion, Plato’s allegory of the cave is a great reflection of the matrix. It is fascinating to see how  people react in a good way when finding out that there is another world beyond the one they know of. They are both very similar because they relate to each other in the way that they both accept the truth, they are both controlled by a power, and  their worlds are just an illusion, S. (n.d.). Retrieved January 18, 2018, from Matrix (1999) – Esoteric Analysis. (2016, November 02). Retrieved January 18, 2018, from

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