The Matrix Trilogy Analysis
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Being able to know something and choose what to do is often overlooked as insignificant acts. However, whether it is knowing the letters in the alphabet or choosing the clothes you wear to school, these acts are essential to our everyday lives. While people possess the ability to do both of these acts, they are at times quite difficult to comprehend or perform. Frequently, tremendous sacrifice is involved with these issues. In the Matrix Trilogy, knowledge and choice are illustrated throughout all three movies to show the complexity of these humanly issues.
The first movie of the trilogy, The Matrix, kicks off with several important elements of knowledge. One element is that knowledge, by itself, is something that everyone seeks. It can be as simple as knowing the time of the day or as complex as knowing what the Matrix is. Nonetheless, knowledge allows us to comprehend and move forward. In many ways, it is a form of self-reassurance. To illustrate, knowing whether I got the job or not at Benihana’s after my interview last week was on my mind all week. After being informed that I was hired, I was able to move forward with that knowledge; it was like a breath of fresh air. On the other hand, Neo, also known as Thomas Anderson, is a lost man living in the Matrix who seeks answers to his uncertain life. He believes that these answers can be provided by Morpheus. Trinity says to Neo, “You’re looking for him… When he found me, he told me I wasn’t really looking for him, I was looking an answer. It’s the question that drives us. It’s the question that got you here. You know the question just as I did. What is the Matrix?” This is one of many questions that Neo asks throughout the movie to re-assure him of his path. It is knowledge that allows him to come to the surface and step into reality.
While knowledge can be beneficial, it also has many negative aspects to it. The Matrix also illustrates that knowledge can be unpleasant. In The Matrix, the unpleasant form of knowledge illustrated is the truth. As Neo seeks this knowledge, he discovers that “The Matrix… is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.” After being ejected from his gelatin pod and boarding the Nebuchadnezzar, he soon discovers that the world he was once living in was a lie. In many ways, Neo’s finding of the truth is paralleled to Plato’s allegory of the cave. When the prisoner (Neo) is dragged out of the cave (The Matrix) and into the sunlight (The Real World), he would be so distressed and unable to see the truth because he is so blinded by the light. Eventually, he would see more and more of the things around him and adjust to the Sun. At first, however, the truth can be blinding and hard to believe. In some cases, knowledge is something you don’t want to know at all; it can be something you deeply regret. For example, Cypher wished that he never chose the red pill and stayed in the Matrix. He states, “Ignorance is bliss.” At many times, it can be more comfortable not bearing some knowledge.
The following issue that The Matrix illustrates is choice, which is one of the most emphasized issues throughout the entire trilogy. The most important issue of choice demonstrated is when Morpheus asks Neo to choose between the blue pill and red pill. The blue pill would allow him to remain in the fabricated reality of the Matrix. The red pill would lead to his escape from the Matrix and into the "real world". Through heavy consideration, Neo chose the red pill. This choice was Neo’s first experience with true free will. Essentially, choice empowers one to do what he or she wants. The other issue of choice, like many others, comes from the Oracle. She explains to Neo that Morpheus is going to risk...
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