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Similarities and DifferencesDeidre MelvinLiberty University
The film, The Matrix and the two readings all share the similarity of illusion up against reality. In the excerpt by Plato, the prisoners view the shadows of fake things they see as reality (Plato, 518D8), which makes their version of reality an illusion. In the reading of Descartes, it considers if the physical world and the conception of the world is just projections and illusions that are not different from a dream (Descartes, 1641). Both of these readings are verily similar to what Neo realizes in The Matrix. He came to realize that the world that he was accustomed too iscomputer-generated setting in which people live virtual lives not knowing of the deception. The second similarity is the deception that all three share. Realizing that their reality is anillusion it is hard for them to accept the deception in their lives. In the Plato reading people find