The Allegory of the Cave in the Matrix

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There are plenty of references to Plato’s Allegory of the cave in The Matrix, it swirls together Plato’s ideas with a realistic feel. The things that are most clear in The Matrix that relate back to the Allegory of the cave are, the forms, the blinding soon, the escaped prisoner, the fire, and the idea that the prisoners were living under a blank of lies. The connection between Plato’s work and the work of The Matrix is too strong for it to be unintentional.

In Plato’s ideas of the Allegory of the cave, the forms play a key part. They are what help cast the images on the cave wall, and the thing that helps create their false reality. In the Matrix these forms are shown through as the Agents. They are the super humans who help cover up the truth of the Matrix. “Never send a human to do a machine's job” (Matrix). This quote is from Agent smith. It just shows how the agents are human and they are not part of the ones being lied too. The forms were no hum either, they were inhuman things that cast lies upon people. The Agents also were what helped protect the truth. Just as the forms did in Plato’s cave. Without the forms or the agents the lies would fall apart and the true reality would shine through. In the movie the Agents are attempting to keep Neo the escaped prisoner from finding out just how deep the lies are, and also from him telling the rest of the world about their lies.

In the Matrix Neo gets pulled into the truth and is allowed to see the world as truly is not the false reality he has been in. In Plato’s cave the prisoner gets thrown into the world above the cave and is blinded by the light. “It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes” (Matrix). Morpheus tells Neo that the world he believes is true is not. This quote shows how Morpheus is throwing Neo into the world of reality and he blinded by true knowledge and doesn’t know I he should believe what he’s being told and seen. In the cave the prisoner gets frightened by the knowledge...
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