Comparing Cave Prisoners And Neo Leaving The Matrix

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Once the cave prisoners and Neo are released from their state of ignorance, they start to become more understanding of the outside world, as represented by the cave dwellers escaping the cave, and Neo leaving the matrix. As the prisoners are in the cave, watching the shadows pass on the wall, one of their prisoners is released from the shackles. Because of his natural curiosity, the prisoners turns his head to look outside the cave. Whilst looking outside the cave, the light from outside and will cause him to “suffer sharp pains; the glare will distress him, and he will not be able to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows” (33-35). Because of the looming darkness always present in the cave, the bright light of the sun blinds the prisoner momentarily.…show more content…
In the prisoner’s past state, the shadows were his reality, but when the prisoner goes outside for the first time do the shadows of the past slip away and become a ghost of the world he once knew. The prisoners leaving the cave and experiencing a new world can be similar to how Neo reacts once he leaves the cave and enters the matrix. When Neo first meets Morpheus, he is given the option of choosing a red pill or a blue pill. The red pill represents the world outside of the Matrix, and Neo’s possibly last chance to escape this world where he currently resides in. The blue pill represents Neo’s desire to stay in the matrix, where everything he knows is. Neo ends up taking the red pill, and is transported out of the
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