Essay on Examining Reality

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Watching the film ‘The Matrix,’ it is natural to question whether the world we live in is real or not. Neo, the hero, comes to know that the world he lives in is not real thanks to Morpheus. In the future world, the computer rules humans, who are, in turn, born to grow in an incubator. Further, human cerebral nerves are connected to a computer networks, which implies men cannot help living in another incubator till death although they cannot recognize they live in the incubator. Plato’s allegory of the cave is analogous to the story line found in ‘The Matrix.’ People live in a cave, looking at their shadows reflected on the cave wall. They never realize they are in a cave. Plato’s allegory of the cave assumes key words leading the story…show more content…
In A&p, the spatial setting for the novel is a big market called A&P, where they have set up strict rules. However, we cannot realize there are such rules. “cat-and-dog-food-breakfast-cereal-macaroni-rice-raisins-seasonings-spreads-spaghetti-soft-drinks-crackers-and-cookies aisle”(John Updike 602) Even products displayed in showcases in the market are arranged following a certain order We cannot even imagine we are locked in the rules determined by the market. Rather, we feel comfort in the space and unknowingly adjust ourselves to it. In addition, as in the novel, “The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle” (John Updike 602) customers are described as sheep. Why did the author depict customers as sheep? Sheep spend a whole day as the shepherd drives them. Sheep cannot make any decision even on when to eat or to go home. They have no autonomy. They are to follow the rules the shepherd decides. The author compares customers to sheep based on similarity between the two in that humans adjust themselves to the reality where rules exist. People who get used to the reality of rules tend to be frightened to see anyone emerge to break the rules. “is it done” (John Updike 602) On seeing girls in nothing but swimsuits, Stokesis becomes flabbergasted. Who in the world appears in the market
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