Overview[ edit ] A narrative is a telling of some true or fictitious event or connected sequence of events, recounted by a narrator to a narratee although there may be more than one of each. Narratives are to be distinguished from descriptions of qualities, states, or situations, and also from dramatic enactments of events although a dramatic work may also include narrative speeches.
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.
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 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. 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. 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. Morpheus tells Neo that early in the history of AI domination, there was a man who could change the Matrix, liberating many people from it. When Agent Smith played with admirable sang froid by Hugo Weaving interrogates Neo after he has been apprehended, he says: We know that you have been contacted by a certain individual, a man who calls himself Morpheus.
Now whatever you think you know about this man is irrelevant. He is considered by many authorities to be the most dangerous man alive. My colleagues believe that I am wasting my time with you, but I believe that you wish to do the right thing.
Terrorism is the only effective way to resist the hegemony of a technologically created hyperreality.Morpheus: 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. Day 1(*) Unit: Anglo-Saxon/Old English.
1. (*)Print out your grading sheet for the first quarter or use the Excel version. Vocabulary. 1. Keep a vocabulary notebook and/or notecards for terms you will be learning about.
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