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In comparing the movie The Matrix and the readings from Plato and Descartes, the major similarity found among the three is deception. It is the deception of the mind that these excerpts deal with. The idea of being in an illusion or reality is addressed. All three take into account sense perceptions. Also, all three have an outside influence that is controlling the mind that is forming the illusion, whether it is a computer, a shadow, or a demon. In The Matrix, Neo is asked by Morpheus to choose between the red pill and the blue pill. Neo ultimately chooses the red pill to follow Morpheus. In taking the red pill, Neo leaves his existence in the matrix, which is a machine generated computer world, to join the “real” world. Neo is then forced to deal with the fact that the world he’d know his whole existence was just an illusion. Morpheus has to explain to Neo that normally they would not free a mind at an older age because the person has a harder time understanding. Morpheus also informs Neo that the body cannot live without the mind. The mind held onto the deception of the matrix put in place by the machines and that freeing the mind of that illusion is a dangerous thing. He sees things through a new light and even mentions a restaurant that he used to eat at that had good noodles when they go back into the matrix. Even though Neo is initially confused by his new reality aboard the ship Nebuchadnezzar and at Zion, he eventually finds knowing the truth is better than the illusion of the matrix and gains power in that knowledge. In the excerpt from Plato, this is also about being in reality or an illusion. In both The Matrix and in the excerpt from Plato, the question of which reality is real to the person is taken into account. In the excerpt Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave, Socrates and Glaucon discuss the man just seeing shadows and hearing echoes and

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