Robert Stevenson 's Snow Crash And The Wachowskis Essay examples

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“It won’t pay the rent, but that’s okay—when you live in a shithole, there’s always the Metaverse, and in the Metaverse, Hiro Protagonist is a warrior prince” (Stephenson 38).
“You are the one, Neo. You see you may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I’ve spent my entire life looking for you” (Matrix).
Computer hackers and programmers, Hiro Protagonist and Neo serve as heroic figures within virtual realities. Hiro utilizes his coding abilities in order to combat the drug Snow Crash from infecting the avatars within the Metaverse by creating a program that searches and destroys Snow Crash. On the other hand, Neo alters the way he thinks and achieves Nirvana in order to changes aspects within the Matrix. Neo endeavors to free people from enslavement and awaken them from the Matrix to defeat the machines and liberate humanity. In Robert Stevenson’s Snow Crash and the Wachowskis’ The Matrix, computer-generated alternate realities are fundamental to the two stories, but the alternate realities themselves and the ways the two protagonists, Hiro and Neo, interact with these alternate realities are quite different. In this essay I shall analyze the distinctive nature of the two alternate realities as well as the different sorts of interactions that take place between the protagonists and their virtual worlds. I will then apply my analyses to the questions, "Is living in the Metaverse or living in the Matrix, a greater denial of fundamental human nature [or, greater…

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