Upon the System and Human Comprehension in "The Matrix Trilogy": Trilogy of Knowledge, Change and Reality

Devrim Özkan

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Abstract

“The Matrix Trilogy”, which was scripted and directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski, is one of the most important science fiction films. “The problem of reality”, which has been present, in various forms, ever since Plato’s “allegory of the cave”, is once again being evaluated in “The Matrix Trilogy” through the medium of cinema. Moreover, there are various opinions regarding exactly what the main natures of human are in “The Matrix Trilogy”. Furthermore, “The Matrix Trilogy” provides a striking view on the relationship between the “basic natures of human” and the “system” in which humans live. The system explored, and the human insights examined in “The Matrix Trilogy” have a distinctly philosophical feel. As such, this article analyses “The Matrix Trilogy”, viewing it as a work of art which presents philosophical problems. Therefore, the dialogues in “The Matrix Trilogy” and the context of the dialogues shall be taken as the basic reference resource for the analysis. This article studies the nature of the understanding of system and human in the “The Matrix Trilogy”, with particular emphasis on analysing the content of dialogues. The article concludes that the basic human characteristics which distinguish “Neo” from other living beings in “The Matrix Trilogy” are “the ability to know” and “the will of change.”

Key Words: The Matrix Trilogy, science fiction films, the will of change, the ability to know, the problem of reality, knowledge, system.


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