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‘told what reality is’

May 12, 2011

In his analysis of The Matrix, Isiah Lavender III isolates the following description of the matrix (by Morpheus) from the movie: “the matrix is everywhere.  It is all around us.  Even now, in this very room… it is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth… a prison.. for your mind.” (my emphasis, p449 Isiah Lavender III ‘Technicity: AI and Cyborg Ethnicity in The MatrixExtrapolation; Winter 2004: 45,4, pp437-458)

I couldn’t help thinking of The Crossing and Genesis

Both of these novels are united by the fact that the protagonists must find their way out of a false reality … a false narrative reality… To start with, they are certainly told what reality is…

I hadn’t thought to put these novels alongside The Matrix for the same reason, but in hindsight there are many texts that show the unveiling of such truths…  it might be worth considering how this story is told in each case – how the reader is brought into the situation – how the ‘truth’ is revealed etc.  Certainly Genesis and The Crossing tell this story differently! How and why?

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