Many question whether or not what we are seeing and are experiencing is real or just part of our imagination. This question is one that has been proposed for hundreds of years by philosophers like Descartes and Plato. How is it possible that a Greek philosopher, a philosopher from the seventeenth century and the movie The Matrix can be so similar? It is the intent of this paper to compare and contrast these questions in relation to the movie The Matrix.
The main thing that stands out for each one of these is the question of the reality of the world in which we live. Our sense of being is called into question in each of these examples. ...view middle of the document...
” This would mean that the prisoners would only have the perception of the reality that has been created for them through artificial means. One of the characters in the synopsis of The Matrix, Cypher comes to the knowledge that they have been living an illusionary life, but as troubling as this is he deems it easier to continue to live a lie in a virtual world than to live a life of truth.
As similar as each of these situations are they are different in how they answer these questions. The movie The Matrix becomes a society that is unaware that they have been fooled or tricked into believing they are actually living real lives. A rebel group learns the truth and decides to fight against the computer system and is able to remove themselves from the program. In both the situations with Plato and Descartes’ there is no way for them to remove themselves from their own senses which they felt had betrayed them. In the movie The Matrix the characters are able to remove themselves from the dream world back in to reality. Descartes’ and Plato suggest that we are living in a...