But some of the new characters in Matrix Reloaded like Persephone and Niobe hail from a Greek pagan mythology grounded in the earth and its seasons. Persephone in particular was both a goddess of the spring season and an underworld goddess of the dead. In spring and summer she would be on the earth’s surface spreading seeds of life and when winter approached she would descend to the underworld to be with her spouse Hades, leaving the surface of the world to turn cold in a winter’s death.
Of course even the first Matrix film had touches of paganism sprinkled throughout. Morpheus is not a far cry from Orpheus, another Greek underworld god and subtle links to the Egyptian god Osiris also run through both movies.
But the bottom line is the Matrix films are only action flicks and very entertaining. The many layers of mythological, philosophical and theological thought are there for anyone who cares to explore them. There are several books and hundreds of web sites that can assist you with this exploration. The story, though not as thought provoking as Goethe’s Faust or Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain, does stimulate more brain cells than most action films or video games and at times the messages about man and technology are haunting, weaving a frightening web in the back door of your mind.
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