Symbology in The Matrix  

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Many people would have watched 'The Matrix' and enjoyed it as a movie-- A movie known for its amazing fight sequences, action scenes etc. But there is much more in the movie apart from all these. . Now, Let me tell you that most of the names of the characters in The Matrix are meaningful. They tell about the character. They speak for themselves. Here are some of the names and what they mean:

Thomas Anderson
This is the name of Keanu reeves in The matrix. 'Ander' means 'man'. So 'Anderson' means 'Son of man'. This is an intended irony since we come to know later in the movie that Anderson was not 'born'. He was 'manufactured' by the machines.

Neo means 'new'. Since Keanu reeves becomes a new man in Zion, He is called Neo. Moreover, Neo is an anagram of "one".

Morpheus was a God of dreams in Greek mythology. He was one of the sons of Hypnos, the God of sleep. He took human form and appeared to people in their sleep. To be "in the arms of Morpheus" means to be asleep, and the drug morphine is named after him. This name is very apt since Morpheus believees he would be able to defeat the machines one day or the other.

Oracle, in the ancient Greek world, was a shrine where people consulted special priests or priestesses. These priests and priestesses were believed to have the power to reveal the will of the gods and to foretell the future. The word oracle also refers to the priest or priestess and to the message or prophecy.

'Zion' is the city in which the anomalies from the matrix live. It is the only place not under the control of the machines.I suppose the word 'Zion' is related to 'Scion' as in 'The Priory of Scion'. The priory of scion was a secret society in the past. Its mission was "to safeguard not just the treasure of the Crusades, but to preserve the Grail.."

The other names that are of historical importance are:

*Merovingian- An old French dynasty (The Merovingian speaks French) who claimed they descended from the line of Jesus Christ.

*Persephone- A beautiful goddess in Greek and Roman mythology.(a fitting name for Monica Bellucci!!)

*Niobe- A Greek goddess who wanted to be adored for being a mother.

*Nebuchadnezzar- A king mentioned in the bible who is haunted by bad dreams.

"This is not the end.I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. Where we go from here is a choice I leave to you. "

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