The Matrix, The Symbolism and Philosophical Content

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If it exists in the world of cinema project tremendously ambitious, complex and fraught with subtleties script, without a doubt, the film is called The Matrix.

The wealth of criteria, symbology, religion and philosophy is so vast in this trilogy, the deep content of these demands a detailed study of virtually every detail within the frame long. It is so complex, in fact, it opens a wide range of views, all with a certain foundation.

Of view must for students of philosophy, religion and sociologists. Highly recommended not only for all the subtle and intelligent background that hides the script, but also for the performances, the plot and all film effects film, which keep the viewer fully expectant.

Some literary and philosophical references that can be interpreted in film.-

Although Matrix is not based directly and entirely on a particular book, have several novels and literary influences of philosophical thought. The most I’ve noticed and heard they discuss are:

“Neuromancer” by William Gibson cyberpunk inspired the overall atmosphere of the film and the concept of a “matrix of cyberspace” that people can connect to enter a kind of virtual reality.


The Bible, for that of Neo as the Savior who died and rose again, and all other religious influences that have.

Myth of Plato’s cave: it some people in an underground cavern, tied hand and foot so they can not move and can only face the wall, watching as she projected onto the shadows of real things. All they can see is that “shadow theater” like humans connected to the Matrix: not just watch a real reality at all, distorted … just what the agents want them to see, and also from the point of view of such agents or of those machines.

Theories of Descartes: Descartes argued that we can not even trust our own senses when perceiving reality. Commented that when we dream we believe that we are experiencing something real. In phrases of the philosopher: “When I think about this carefully, I find not a single criterion for distinguishing waking from sleep. […] How can you be sure that your entire life is not a dream ?.

Temet Nosce: Latin phrase meaning: Know thyself. Strive to know your worlds and inner demons and those around you that are just as complex and twisted than any madness.

In the videos that follow, they will be able to see up close the deep philosophical messages that the film reflects, at least from the point of view of classical and modern philosophical theories.

This article was written by Psalm Triginta