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In the 1999 film, The Matrix, Morpheus explains to Neo that, “you're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.” Morpheus poses the idea that our reality is, in fact, an illusion created to keep us imprisoned.
Use Plato’s Allegory of the Cave as a framework to explain how we are imprisoned by one or more of the following influences: language, gender, culture, education, technology, and commerce.
First, explain Plato’s Allegory and how you will use it to create a framework by which the previous texts in this unit maybe explained. Next, explain one or more of the topics in the premise using the Allegory as a framework? Use the terminology previously introduced to analyze the topic/s of your choice (status quo, acquiescence, complicity, acculturation, propaganda, etc).
Finally, consider the benefits and consequences of “taking the red pill” over the blue pill (or vice versa). If we take the red pill by choice are we complicit in our own imprisonment or are justified in accepting the status quo? What are the potential consequences?