The Time Has Come to Make a Choice, Mr. Anderson: "The Matrix" and Romantic Realism
The Matrix is replete with allusions to classic philosophical ideas. The plot references Plato's Cave and the world of forms, Descartes' First Meditation and the evil demon, and Hilary Putnam's "brain in a vat" scenario - all ruminations on the nature of reality and the possibility that we only perceive an illusion.
Plot and Theme
Romantic Realism in "The Matrix"
This is a recent example of a full-fledged essay on a single film, where I delve deep into a specific aspect of the film that excites me and I think is worth exploring. Here, I look at the importance of choice in the Wachowski's "The Matrix", and how that relates to a specific school of art called Romantic Realism.