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Drew Vetter
English 101
Argumentative Paper

Have you ever had a dream that you thought was so real? Well, what if you never woke up?
How would you determine the difference between the real world and the dream world
(Matrix,1999)? Some people in this world live their lives knowing that something is
wrong. They can feel it in everything they do. They can feel it when they stare out a
window or go to work or even when they pay their taxes (Matrix,1999). This feeling which
these individuals are experiencing comes from the matrix.

What is the matrix? The matrix is an artificial world, which has been pulled over to
blind us from the truth, that we are slaves (Matrix,1999). We are trapped in a prison for
our minds (Matrix,1999). We will never really get to feel, touch, or see anything for
ourselves, except objects created through the matrix.

Early in the 21st century, humans joined in celebration in the creation of artificial
intelligence (Matrix,1999). Throughout our lives we have depended on machinery to
survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony (Matrix,1999). The human body
gives off as much bioelectricity as a 120 volt battery or as much as 25000 b.t.u.’s
of body heat (Matrix,1999). Artificial intelligence depends on solar energy in order to
survive, so our human race decided to scorch the earth, therefore blocking the sun’s
rays (Matrix,1999). This attempt failed and we were taken over by robots. The matrix was
soon after created by artificial intelligence as a computer-generated world made for us to
live out our lives while it uses the natural energy given off from our bodies for its
survival in the real world (Matrix,1999). Humans are grown in fields like crops, some
never even able to be inserted into the matrix. Babies are randomly picked out by the
working robotic hands to fill the spots of the dead. Right now, our real bodies are being
stored in capsule-like bubbles where we are plugged into the matrix. These plugs are
connected throughout our entire spine and other various parts of the body. The main
connection is in the back of our necks, leading to the brain, where the matrix controls
our minds by ensuring all five senses.

When the matrix was first created, a man was given the power to change anything he wanted
in it (Matrix,1999). This man chose to free five individuals from the matrix. The few
humans who were chosen to be freed from the matrix carry permanent metallic holes in the
back of their necks which act as connectors to the matrix. Any physical ability from
drunken boxing to kung fu can be programmed through these holes into their brains. It is
done the same way we download programs into our computers. In order to be entered into
the matrix, a needle-like computer device must be driven into this hole. Exiting the
matrix can be accomplished by electronically connecting themselves to the real world by
answering a telephone call from someone there.

We, as humans in the matrix, base our lives on sets of rules, such as gravity, never
allowing ourselves to overcome our distinct sense of reality (Matrix,1999). These humans
who are able to transport themselves in and out of the matrix use their special downloaded
physical abilities and knowledge of freeing their minds to accomplish impossible feats
such as jumping hundreds of yards or dodging bullets by running up walls. The main
objective of the freed humans is to destroy the matrix by allowing their brains to
understand it enough to break the code. The challenge in this is not only decoding the
matrix but also avoiding enemies within the matrix. These enemies, referred to as
“agents”, are able to transform themselves in and out of anybody’s body
inside the matrix. They are everybody and nobody (Matrix,1999). If you kill an agent by
shooting bullets in their head or crushing them by a train they will not die. Instead,
they will simply leave the person’s dead body and enter into another living one.
Despite the agents’ capabilities, they still live in a world based on rules
(Matrix,1999). Because of this, they are in a sense, mortal, therefore giving the freed
humans hope and a motive to save the world from the matrix.

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