The Matrix – TOK Assessment Task

The point of the matrix is to make viewers ask the basic questions of philosophy regarding the world and reality. It is intellectually stimulating and unique in a way of seeking important queries regarding our worldly enigmas, by perceiving them in a slightly different way. It is, like demonstrated long ago in Plato’s cave, designed to create wonder about the real limits and boundaries of our own behavior. When Morpheus asks Neo: “What is real? How do you define real?” He is recalling Plato’s philosophy.

Morpheus tells Neo that “no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.” With this, a direct reference is made to Plato’s cave allegory, where he informs readers that language alone cannot be used to reveal the truth to the prisoners and free them from their psychological imprisonment. This is again referred to when Morpheus says “you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage, into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch, a prison for your mind.” In the cave, when one of the prisoners is released, they are ‘enlightened’. The idea of enlightenment is emphasized in scene at the end of the movie when everyone is moving around in a trance-like way and neo seems to be the only one in that sense that is awake.

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It takes the released prisoner a long time to absorb the entire truth, but when he does, and is ready to go back and inform the other prisoners of the truth, they will certainly deny him, as he would be trying to tell them that all that they have been perceiving is false, and the only truth is that which they haven’t seen. This goes back to the concept of “seeing is believing” where even Neo would have not been convinced of the matrix simply through communication.

Therefore, the matrix is like the cave (the system) in the way that ...

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