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Philosophical Analysis of the Matrix

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Midterm Exam Paper for Introduction to Western Thought I

Philosophical Analysis of The Matrix
          The Matrix, which was released in 1999, has a revolutionary place in the film industry. The film impressed audiences with its spectacular effects and extraordinary fight scenes, and became the biggest cult film. Despite the fact that The Matrix has been known mostly for its perfect   visual effects, it contains many intellectual and philosophical meanings to enlighten us.
          First of all, The Matrix creates some situations to symbolize the basic and traditional notions of reality. It indicates several both materialist and subjectivist notions, especially based on the question of reality. Morpheus explains The Matrix to Neo in the following way: " If real is what you can feel, smell, taste, and see, the real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain" (Matrix,1999). This is a particularly materialist perspective of reality. Subjectivist. on the other hand, believe that reality is created by the mind alone.
          Secondly, several allegories are contained within The Matrix's structure   and content. The obvious and relevant allegories that of Plato's cave. In Plato's allegory of the cave, people are living in an underground place, like a cave. They are restricted in their visions of the world by chains and they have been there ever since childhood. Similarly, in The Matrix, the humans are in captivity and are being controlled by computers.
          Thirdly, The Matrix includes Aristotle's virtue definition. Aristotle defines virtue as habitually and knowingly choosing the good from an unshakeable character, to the appropriate extent and in the same manner as a virtuous person would act. In The Matrix, for machines, there is a specific function for which they are created to successfully and consistently perforn. Therefore, it seems that the behaviour of the machines reflect...

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