Matrix the Movie and The Lathe of Heaven Essay

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Matrix the Movie and The Lathe of Heaven

The world is not always what you think it is. Things change or can appear to be

different than what you originally thought them to be. So are the worlds in the Matrix and

the novel The Lathe of Heaven. What you thought you knew about your life just went out

the window. There are several similarities between the novel and the movie, and there are

many trends in the movies and novels societies that are portrayed in our society as well.

Also, each proves LeGuins theory on science fiction.

The Lathe of Heaven and The Matrix have many similarities. Both utilize the

number three by providing main characters in sets of three. Also, The Matrix brings an

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The Lathe of Heaven has no future; the present is the basis of the plot. For

example, every time Orr has a session with Haber, Orr changes the present and

retroactively changes the past. Playing by LeGuins rules for science fiction helps shape

both stories and help put both into a league of their own.

The Matrix and Lathe of Heaven provide example of trends in modern society

throughout their plot. First, both the movie and the novel both portray characters that

have a God Complex. Meaning that they believe they have all the power and it is up to

them to create a world that they see fit. In the Matrix it is the Creator and in the Lathe

of Heaven it is Dr. Haber. In our society we have had and do have dictators that feel like

they are in complete control of how the world should be. There was Hitler, who decided

we need to exterminate over 6 million Jews and millions of others. A modern day

example would be George W. Bush. He acts with consent of the established government

and does what he thinks what is in our best interest, without listening to our own ideas

what we feel what our best interests are. This is dangerous to society just like in the

Lathe of Heaven Haber tries to control society with what he thinks is best, bringing

death and destruction by means of a deadly plague and virus. Bush has ordered the

bombing of dozens of

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