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The Matrix is everywhere, it is all around us, even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or you turn on your television.
You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage A prison for your mind. The Matrix Introduction The question "what is the Matrix? There are least three answers to this question that dialectically interface with each other and which live and breathe in a network of simulated theoretical consciousness that thinks intensely about the modern metaphysics of culture.
This movie explores the relationship between reality and simulacra, the images that dominate and permeate every aspect of our being. It is also a deeply philosophical and spiritual film that addresses what it means to be real, to have free will, to be a messiah, and to perform miracles.
In this paper we shall consider the answers to the mantra and interpret the film's postmodern critique of culture by examining three philosophical and spiritual themes explored within it, in an ascending order of the extent to which each cuts closest to the hermeneutical core of the film.
The Matrix is a twisted version of the story of a savior come to redeem lost souls from the programmed semi-reality of the modern military-industrial -entertainment complex, but which calls into question the value of redemption and deconstructs the categories of salvation and terrorism.
In this section we argue that the question we should be asking ourselves is not so much "What is the Matrix? The Matrix is a re-telling of Descartes' dream of the evil demon come to trick him into believing that everything he senses and thinks is false.
The Matrix is a story about simulacra, simulations of the real, which Jean Baudrillard describes as "that which never hides the truth, but hides the fact that there is none" a, 1. Two Descriptions of the Hyperreal Now it is high time to awake out of sleep: The most obvious reading of this film is to chalk it up as being yet another Christian redemption story.
Read Mercer Schuchardt writes: It is not without coincidence that The Matrix was released on the last Easter weekend of the dying 20th Century. It is a parable of the original Judeo-Christian world-view of entrapment in a world gone wrong, with no hope of survival or salvation short of something miraculous.
The Matrix is a new testament for a new millennium, a religious parable of mankind's messiah in an age that needs salvation as desperately as any ever has.
But one can advance a radically different interpretation, that The Matrix actively deconstructs the categories of redemption and terrorism, indicating that the simulated reality of the Matrix is just or even more authentic than the post-eco-holocaust "desert of the real" to which Morpheus and his followers would subject the inhabitants of the Matrix in their redemptive crusade.
This film is multifaceted and cannot be reduced to a simple dramatization of the struggle between good and evil; rather, it blurs this distinction, calling into question the foundations of our Western binary moral codes.
We do not learn until well into the film that the Matrix is simply digital data that creates a dreamworld for its prisoners. Nothing in the world of the film is "real" - everything is simulation, created by artificial intelligence machines AIs.
Morpheus played by Laurence Fishburne explains this to Neo Keanu Reeves after he is reborn into "reality. His name connotes the ability to change, which is fitting, because our Morpheus has considerable control over the dreamworld of the Matrix, being able to break many of its supposed physical laws.
He explains to Neo that sometime in the late twentieth-first century there was a conflict between human beings and the artificial intelligence machines they had engineered. The humans thought they could destroy the AIs by cutting off their energy source, sunlight. A war ensued, the sun was blackened, and the earth became a wasteland.
The computers survived the catastrophe by enslaving humans and using them as living batteries. In the age of the Matrix, human beings are not born; they are grown and tended by machines in huge fields of biopods.
Babies are plugged into the Matrix, where they live out their lives in a simulated reality of late twentieth-century earth, the so-called "height of human civilization. The Matrix is a simulation, but the minds that inhabit it are "real.
They have superhuman strength and speed, and are able to bend and break some of the rules of the Matrix's code. Although most human beings really "live" in the fields and mentally in the Matrixthere is a colony of humans in Zion, the last human city, near the earth's core, where it is still warm.
The name Zion is, of course, saturated with biblical significance; it is the ancient name of Jerusalem and the heavenly city where the righteous will be saved after the destruction of the world. The children of Zion represent a threat to the AIs and the Matrix.Athena.
As goddess of wisdom and battle, Athena naturally has a soft spot for the brave and wily Odysseus. She helps him out of many tough situations, including his shipwreck in Book 5 and the mismatched battle of Book She does not merely impart sense and safety to .
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Join us there! Post/answer questions. The Odyssey (Robert Fagles' version) "By its evocation of a real or imaged heroic age, its contrasts of character and its variety of adventure, above all by its sheer narrative power, the Odyssey has won and preserved its place .
Athena is the Olympian goddess of wisdom and war and the adored patroness of the city of Athens.
A virgin deity, she was also – somewhat paradoxically – associated with peace and handicrafts, especially spinning and weaving. Majestic and stern, Athena surpassed everybody in both of her main domains. Athena Essay. The Greek goddess Athena is usually portrayed as one of the strongest gods in Olympia.
As Greek civilization shapes gods that represent their desired identity, representing the god of war and the immortal spirit of wisdom, Athena is the goddess of the balance between intelligence and power.