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    Dystopian texts are an engagine medium for conveying political ideas to contemporary vieweres. ONe of the most prevalent aspects of the typical Dystopia is advanced technology, a characteristics which is becoming increaseingly true for our world. Composers of Dystopian texts aim to bring attention to the political exploitation of individuals, and it is the similarity between Dystopian worlds and our own which allows for the conveyance of this idea so effectively. Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go is a modern example of a text which explores this idea. Ishiguro is writing for a modern audience and so chooses to use clones as an allegory for an explooited group of people. Another text with similar context is the film ‘The Matrix’, directed by the Wachowski Brothers. This text uses the setting itself as the main medium for representation. This film is seemingly set in the modern world, but this setting is actually an elaborate illusion designed by artificial intelligence to reduce humans to a resource. Bothe these texts use ideas inspired by modern technology, allowing for a higher level of engagement with the reader. Individuals are often exploited and used as a resource. Dystopian settings are often created by extrapolating a current issue into extreme cirmustances. Inshiguro does this in his onvel by creating a world where clones are created sumply for the purpose of harvesting organs to cure dieseas. This use of clone as an allegory allows for a more objectie view of…

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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…

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    By definition, dystopia describes an imaginary society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible. It is believed that the Matrix is a dystopian society because the world inside the computer fabricates what you hear, smell, see, taste and even touch. Due to the computers isolating and incapacitating each human, the computers control all independent thoughts, freedom, or true individuality, all characteristics of a dystopian society. Wilful deception means allowing oneself to be…

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    Determining the constituents of reality is arguable the genesis of a prevailing acquiescence within society, and this manifests largely as either blind conformity or wistful ignorance. J.M Barrie and The Wachowski Brothers, authors of Peter Pan and The Matrix, respectively, consider how the obvious dichotomy between reality and fantasy in the two texts acts as a metaphor for society and their ability to choose preferential ignorance in times of strife. This idea is extended to incorporate the…

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    The Matrix, on the other hand, is more than just a thought experiment. It is a narrative that is judged aesthetically, and as such its success requires that its creators produce something that will captivate and engage an audience. Carroll has asserted that, narratives, far from being complete, have gaps which need to be filled by the audience. That is, creators of narratives do not spell-out every detail of the narrative, instead, narratives rely on the elicitation of moral emotions from an…

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    To find the answer to the metaphysical question ‘What is real?” has been a philosopher’s intention for years. The Matrix, directed by Andy Wachowski and the written text, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave revolves around the concept of replying to this question. These two mediums share more similarities than differences. The Matrix as well as the Allegory of the Cave shares the concept of acceptance and broadening ones senses, the desire to learn, and having the knowledge to realize when one is in…

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    Both Plato and the Wachowski Brothers call into question the tension between appearance and reality and attest that education and questioning all that one knows are the only ways to achieve true knowledge. Reality can be reached only through an education coming from either persuasion or coercion. Education comes with inherent political tension which will exist until one objective version of reality is agreed upon by everyone. Since this will never happen, the concept of reality and appearance…

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