The Matrix And Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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The Allegory of The Matrix
Famous astronomer Galileo Galilei once said that “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them”. He is a renowned intellectual as well as an astronomer, he believed in always finding the truth. He believed that it is the most important aspect of life. This is very similar to the views of Plato and the Wachowskis’, they believe that even if the truth is hidden from us, we must strive to find it. In Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" and the Wachowski siblings’ movie, the Matrix, the authors show that when man is blinded from the truth, he must embark on a challenging journey to eventually find enlightenment and better society.
In the beginning of both “Allegory of a cave” and
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In the allegory of the cave, the enlightened cave dwellers finally see the world completely as it is and can look into the sun without pain, showing their ability to face the truth head on without the pain originally caused by being liberated from their prisons. Once they have been enlightened Plato shows the prisoners going back to the cave to try and enlighten those who have not left the cave. In Plato’s allegory Socrates points out that “[the cave dwellers] must be made to descend again among the prisoners in the cave, and partake of their labors and honors, whether they are worth having or not.” (165-168). This shows that the enlightened people must go back and try to help those who are not enlightened. Many would not want to be enlightened, because they feel safe in their lies, but they have to try to help as many as the can. This shows human nature and how those who have learned want to teach others how to become as enlightened as they are. The enlightenment process is a long journey that will eventually pay off in the end. At the end of the film The Matrix, Neo is seen talking to the creators of the matrix and promises “to [the unenlightened] a world without rules and controls without borders and boundaries”. This also shows human nature that wants to help those who have less, he doesn’t want them to have to deal with the boundaries that constricted him. He recognizes that the journey to enlightenment is important, but he also wants to make the journey easier than it was for him. They can become enlightened much easier when someone shows them the way, like Morpheus showed Neo, now Neo will show

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