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"Observations on the nature of truth and reality in the myth of Plato's cave and the matrix".

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"Observations on the nature of truth and reality in the myth of Plato's cave and the matrix" Is everything that we see in everyday of our life the reality of our world, or are we manipulated to see another fake and distorted reality? Are we, human beings controlled by puppet-handlers and are we hidden from the real truth of our world? Plato's Allegory of the Cave and the movie The Matrix are both stories which explore this concept, the fact that people are really unaware of reality, of truth. Both stories have parallels about what truth and reality are and what will happen to the one who discovers them. All along the story of matrix, the main question which seems to be appearing is what is reality? The matrix itself is a computer generated program which is controlling every human being who lives in the matrix. However, the people who are controlled have no idea that they are just puppets, and they think that what they see is the reality, the truth. ...read more.

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He never used his eyes as when he was in the matrix, his mind showed him the images he needed to see, but he did not see them through his own eyes. Soon after he awakes, he realizes that he can never go back to living the way he did, in the false reality, the matrix. "Once you have seen through the illusion of perceived reality you can never go back to living the lie." Plato says that the achievements in the illusory world are no longer desirable to the one who sees beyond the world. Once Neo and the man who escapes the cave are no longer in the matrix and the cave have understood that they were not in the reality but in an illusion, then they will be able to awaken special powers; such as neo dodging bullets but however, the man from the cave wishes to return to the cave, maybe because he misses his old life even though he has find out the truth. ...read more.

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While on is in the matrix, Morpheous says that images are fed directly into the brain. This is a difference between the sense of reality in the matrix and in the cave. While the cave represents the illusory physical world, the matrix represents an illusory world, entirely non physical, it is a computer program. Plato's cave and the matrix however utilize the same theory, both stories contain unrevealed reality, fake truth and only a very few, Neo, can see them. Once one will see the reality, it will be too hard to come back to live the lie and will have to face the consequences although the man returns to the cave. The matrix and the cave suggest that knowing true reality is the key. However another view of the matter would be that would it be better living in the fake reality and truth and think you will live happily rather than open your eyes and see what reality is and have a less attractive life from then onwards? Is virtual reality better than true reality? 925 words Raphael Pujol Mrs Guertler ...read more.

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