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Imagine a scenario, in which one were living through life completely bound and believing a reality that doesn’t exist. The prisoner’s in “Allegory of the Cave” by Plato are as blind to the true reality as the people in the movie The Matrix by the Wachowski siblings. In both works the people are given false images and believe what their senses are telling them. In ” The Allegory of the Cave, ” Plato suggests that only through enlightenment and education can one understand the real world. In The Matrix, the main character, Neo, is born into the Matrix, a world of illusions with a reality that is not only created but manipulated to deceive what is truly around the humans.
Neo in The Matrix is reflected on one of the prisoners from The Allegory of the Cave when being released from the pod. The one prisoner that escapes from the cave now can look around him and see the objects for what they are. While in the Matrix, Neo is released from his reality and finally sees that what he has actually been living in, a human laboratory. Plato mentions that the freed prisoner not be used to the outside world and would believe that what he experienced before was real than what he is seeing in the outside world. Similar to when Neo is detached from the pod, Morpheus tells him what state the world is in now, which results to Neo turning to a state of denial. Both the prisoner and Neo had to overcome an understanding that the world that they have known for their whole was not reality.

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