Essay on An Analysis of Cypher’s Betrayal and the Problem of Evil

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The Matrix, written and directed by Lary and Andy Wachowski, is a 1999 science-fiction action film that has been regarded as one of the most igneous and highly imaginative films of all time. It depicts the complex story of a dystopian future in which the reality perceived by most human beings is actually a simulated one created by AI machines who use the suppressed humans as energy sources. Though the main characters of the story have freed themselves from the matrix, one character named Cypher (a.k.a. Mr. Reagan) regrets learning the truth and wants to return back to the dream world. Cypher is an example of antagonist Agent Smith's belief that "as a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering" as he believes…show more content…
Thus he betrays Morpheus to the three corrupt agents because he prefers his old life where he believes he will not have to suffer over the real world. He tells Agent Smith "I wanna be rich, you know, someone important. Like an actor" when he is reinserted into the matrix and that he wants to forget everything from the real world (Andy and Lary Wachowski). Like Judas, Cypher is unaware that he is being tricked by the agents who intend to hire the machines to attack and destroy the Nebuchadnezzar and its crew. Finally, what connects Judas and Cypher is that they both seal their fates over a meal-Judas at the Last Supper and Cypher over a steak dinner with Agent Smith. Also while Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss, Cypher betrays Morpheus with a sneeze. Overall, the two are connected because they lack trust in their leader and selfishly decide to take matters into their own hands, but it is this betrayal that causes their downfall. (Holy Bible, Matthew 26) Another character who is like Morpheus and seeks illusions to escape from suffering is literary character Jesse "Jess" Aarons in the novel Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. In the story, Jess is a fifth-grader who belongs to a family of five children where he is the only son. Jess feels alone in his family because his mother openly favors his sisters over him and his father, as the sole breadwinner, is hardly ever around and misunderstands Jess's

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