The Matrix: a metaphorical paralell [i.e. parallel] to language

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William R. Oliver (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Janet Ellerby

Abstract: This thesis gives a brief synopsis of the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix, and will argue that, from a deconstructionist's perspective, the matrix in the film is a metaphorical parallel to that of language. The thesis elucidates meanings and applications of various codes used to perpetuate this metaphor in the film, and also quantifies the film as belonging to the genre of the fantastic, which sets the most applicable stage for the parallel. The thesis then articulates this parallel by drawing connections from instances portrayed in the film to the way people’s perception of reality is affected by the meaning-making process.

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A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Matrix (Motion picture)--Criticism and interpretation, Motion pictures and language, English language--Study and teaching
English language -- Study and teaching
Matrix (Motion picture) -- Criticism and interpretation
Motion pictures and language

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