Thefilm “” is undoubtedly a science-fiction thriller. Themovie is deeply philosophical, carrying useful threads of truth andthought on the most intense spiritual and philosophical levels. Forthe audience, is a catalyst for the basic paradigm shiftin that it helps free minds of audience by proposing a novel frame ofreference which allows the audience to more vividly perceive truth.Neo, a computer hacker is shown by Morpheus that reality around himis simply a computer simulation.
Inthe movie, reality is seen by the majority of humans as an illusoryreality set up by futuristic machines which employ human bodyelectrical activity and heat as a source of energy. Morpheus helpsNeo to discover the truth about the Matrix and Neo becomes one ofthose opposed to the machines. Neo is liberated from the Matrixtogether Cypher and others, who team up to bring down the Matrix.However, Cypher has no intentions to destroy machines. In fact, hestrikes a deal with agents (machines) in order to return to theMatrix (Grau, 2005). The deal involves betraying his companions tothe agents after which he would rejoin to the Matrix with nounderstanding of the true reality. He intends to become not onlyrich, but also an important man like an actor.
Thethesis of this paper is that Cypher’s choice to betray hiscompanions for his own interests and benefit is perceived as the oneresponsible for bringing chaos to the system.
Cypherchooses to return to the Matrix because he is trying to escape thereality that caused him discomfort. seems to simplify lifefor humans, thereby giving away for pleasant life and peace of thesoul. However, the way he goes about to remove his pain by betrayinghis companions is unjust. Cypher’s choice to live pleasantly is notmorally justified because it led to the loss of lives of fourpersons.
Moreover,Cypher brings disorder and death to the Nebuchadnezzar’s crew. Hischoice to sacrifice his companions for self-interest causesconfusion he trades them for happiness and worldly things (Rezende,2008). Cypher has an obligation to return to the Matrix with the solepurpose to liberate mankind from the hyper-reality and to finally todestroy the Matrix. By contrast, he chooses to return to the Matrixas a way to escape from the truth because it pains. His aim for goingback to the Matrix is to gain an easier way of materialistic liferather than to search for the peacefulness of the soul. He wants tobecome rich and someone significant. Therefore, he desires thingsthat are not necessarily essential in life. He chooses materialthings of the world over knowledge.
Inaddition to that, Cypher’s choice raises an important questionregarding the pragmatic theory of truth (Grau, 2005). Cypher saysthat truth is an overvalued commodity and this manifests when hebetrays Morpheus and other companions to Agent Smith over a steakmeal. He does not care whether his assumptions are true as long as hegets what he wants. Cipher says to Smith “I know this steak doesn’texist,” but revels in the steak taste all the same. Cypherconcludes, “Ignorance is bliss” (Wachowski & Wachowski,1999). Cypher’s betrayal is especially fascinating because hisintents are so coherent. He is extremely furious with and tyrannizedby Morpheus. He describes Morpheus as a type of the slave-driver. TheMatrix itself is architecturally drawn to look like Huxley’s bravenovel world, to tyrannize humanity through oppressive pleasure. Whensharing a drink with Neo, Cipher says, “I know what you arethinking, because right now I’m thinking the same thing”(Wachowski & Wachowski, 1999) Reality is really bleak and painfulon the part of Nebuchadnezzar.
The superficially and stupidity of selecting blissful ignorancereveals when Cypher declares he wants to be somebody important andrich once he is reinserted into the Matrix. This raises an importantquestion of the value of truth given that in the Matrix, the world isnot correlated with happiness (Grau, 2005). He chooses to livepleasantly in the illusory world of the Matrix even when his beliefsare not true than to feel unhappy in the real world that ischaracterized by actual truth.It is incalculably important thatCipher’s deal–striking meal with Smith revolves around steak. Tobegin with, meat is used metaphorically in that cyberspace occupantsemploy the term to talk about the real world. A symbol thatapparently shows their penchant for the virtual domain.
Furthermore,Cipher feels he is not that free on the ship as he used to be in theMatrix. Undeniably, what Cipher is doing in both circumstances, he isdoing for the benefit of others, the only distinction is that on thecommuter boat he feels tyrannized, while in the Matrix Cipher has theexperience of a happy life and idle imagination of being free. FromCipher’s perspective, the Matrix is the most pleasant locality tolive and enjoy than the real world. He sees no point of savinghumankind from the Matrix and perceives Morpheus’ entire program ofredemption as misguided and deluded.
Furthermore,most people in the Matrix have no need to be saved or redeemed. Infact, Cipher compels the audience to raise serious questions: Whereis the malevolence in the Matrix? How is the Matrix fundamentallydissimilar from today’s world in which people are living? Inresponse to the last query, the truth is that people are dwelling ina simulacra saturated world, manipulated by mega powers beyond humanken. People think they have choices, yet in reality they do not, theythink they are, yet they are not. Their bodies are batteries whichgive energy for driving the work of indescribable, facelesscorporations (Marmysz, 2012).
Cypher’schoice to get re-inserted into the Matrix is attributed to his desireto escape the actual reality that brings him pain. He betrays hiscompanions by striking a seal with agents for personal gains. Bybetraying his companions, Cypher stands to hamper the improvement ofZion. It is naïve of Cypher to attempt to turn against the truthmerely because it is hurting and he is not achieving what he wants.Had Cypher been alone in this situation, it would have made a lot ofsense. He had companions who shared the same situation with himand they never attempted to flee from their reality of their lives. Thus, it was immature of Cypher to choose to return to the Matrix inpursuit of a pleasant life.
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