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The Oracle is a fictional character portrayed by Gloria Foster (and later, by Mary Alice) within the Matrix series of films created by the Wachowski brothers. Gloria Foster (November 15, 1933 - September 29, 2001) was an American actress born in Chicago, Illinois. ... Mary Alice Smith (Born: December 3, 1941 in Indianola, Mississippi, USA) is an American actress. ... The Matrix series spans major motion pictures, Japanese-style animation, and video games in an attempt to tell a story thats part science fiction, part modern myth, with elements of cyberpunk, computer science, philosophy of mind, Hinduism, Christianity, Gnosticism, Buddhism, classical mythology, and other influences. ... Larry Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and Andy Wachowski (born December 29, 1967) are film directors most famous for the Matrix trilogy. ...


The character also appears in the video game Enter the Matrix and the MMORPG The Matrix Online A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Enter the Matrix is a video game and part of The Matrix series. ... A massive (or massively) multiplayer online role-playing game or MMORPG is a multiplayer computer role-playing game that enables thousands of players to play in an evolving virtual world at the same time over the Internet. ... The Matrix Online (MxO) is a MMORPG developed by Monolith Productions. ...

Overview

In the first film, she is a mysterious but powerful figure, incongruously depicted as a cheerful old lady. She possesses the power of foresight, which she uses to advise and guide the humans attempting to fight the Matrix's system. Later, she is revealed to be a sentient program who is integral to the very nature of the Matrix itself. Whether her power of prediction is deterministic or not is a concept given much treatment in all three films. She herself claims that she lacks the ability to see past her own choice, explaining that choices are not understood by the person who makes them. It becomes clear in the films that her power cannot be used to predict the actions of Neo, who possesses genuine free will. A computer program (often simply called a program) is an example of computer software that prescribes the actions (computations) that are to be carried out by a computer. ... Determinism is the philosophical conception which claims that every physical event, including human cognition and action, is causally determined by an unbroken chain of prior occurrences. ... Thomas A. Anderson is a fictional character from the movie The Matrix and its sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ... Free will is the philosophical doctrine that holds that our choices are ultimately up to ourselves. ...


The Oracle is played by Gloria Foster in the first two Matrix movies (The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded) and by Mary Alice in the third Matrix movie (The Matrix Revolutions). In The Matrix Revolutions and Enter the Matrix it is explained that this is because she needed to find another shell to hide from The Merovingian. In reality, Mary Alice played The Oracle because Gloria Foster died of complications from diabetes before her role in The Matrix Revolutions was shot. Gloria Foster (November 15, 1933 - September 29, 2001) was an American actress born in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Matrix is a film first released in the USA on March 31, 1999, written and directed by the Wachowski brothers (Andy and Larry). ... The Matrix Reloaded is the second installment of the Matrix series, written and directed by the Wachowski brothers and released by Warner Bros. ... Mary Alice Smith (Born: December 3, 1941 in Indianola, Mississippi, USA) is an American actress. ... The Matrix Revolutions is the third film in the Matrix trilogy. ... This is an article on the fictional character The Merovingian in The Matrix Trilogy. ...


In the third Matrix movie, the Oracle hints about her purpose, which is to bring unbalance, rather than balance, to the equations that form the Matrix. In that she is opposed to her counterpart, The Architect, who brings balance to the equations that form the Matrix. I am the Architect. ...


The Oracle's purpose is to aid the One and the humans following him by means of the Prophecy (predicting the victory of the One and the fall of the machines), not in order to bring down the Matrix, but rather so that they can voluntarily disconnect themselves from the system, ensuring its stability while preventing its destruction. As discovered by Neo, the prophecy is "just another system of control". The role of the Architect is then to reunite the One with the Source and bring about the destruction of Zion. The pair together thus ensure that neither the humans nor the machines ever achieve a permanent victory.


This Yin Yang relationship itself is a form of balance between opposing forces, so it becomes obvious that the Architect and the Oracle are the two balancing forces of the Matrix itself, between the fallible human factor and the logic of the machines. This process of balance between opposing forces is even more realized in the conflict between Agent Smith and Neo at the end of the third Matrix movie, when they literally annihilate one another, like a collision between matter and anti-matter. Since the Oracle and the Architect are the Yin and Yang for the Matrix itself, they both must exist for the Matrix to exist. So when Smith took over the Oracle, he became a threat to the very existence of the Matrix itself. Taoists Taijitu The concept of Yin Yang originates in ancient Chinese philosophy, most likely from the observations of day turning into night and night into day. ... From www. ...


In the first Matrix movie, Agent Smith revealed that the first Matrix was a failure because it was too perfect. This would likely have been a system run only by the Architect. And so by adding the Oracle, who unbalanced the equations and brought the human factor to the otherwise perfect world, the system became stable, and so the final Matrix was formed.


In the final two films, the Oracle succeeds in unbalancing the Matrix (seeing the simultaneous rises of both Neo and Smith) to the extent that it is almost destroyed. However, in so doing, she manages to bring about a resolution in which both the machines and the humans can achieve victory.

The Matrix Trilogy The Matrix | The Matrix Reloaded | The Matrix Revolutions
The Animatrix "Final Flight of the Osiris" | "The Second Renaissance" | "Kid's Story" | "Program" | "World Record" | "Beyond" | "A Detective Story" | "Matriculated"
Games Enter The Matrix | The Matrix Online | The Matrix: Path of Neo
Main characters Neo | Trinity | Morpheus | Agent Smith | The Agents | The Oracle
Secondary characters Apoc | The Architect | Cypher | Dozer | Ghost | Kamala | The Keymaker |The Kid | The Merovingian | Mouse | Niobe | Persephone | Rama Kandra | Sati | Seraph | Sparks | Switch | Tank | The Trainman | The Twins
Cast and crew Wachowski brothers | Keanu Reeves | Laurence Fishburne | Carrie-Anne Moss | Hugo Weaving | Geof Darrow
Other topics The Matrix character names | Matrix (fictional universe) | Original Soundtrack | The Matrix Revisited | The Ultimate Matrix Collection
Related articles Bullet-time | Cyberpunk | Digitalism | Martial arts film | Messiahs in fiction and fantasy | Virtual reality

  Results from FactBites:
 
Oracle | English | Dictionary & Translation by Babylon (526 words)
An oracle is a person or agency considered to be a source of wise counsel or prophetic opinion; an infallible authority, usually spiritual in nature.
To be an oracle, the place needed to have a variable and periodic attribute that could be subject to the interpretation of the priesthood.
An exception to this definition was the oracle of Asclepius at Epidaurus, where the sick were treated with something akin to faith-healing and hypnosis.
Oracle (Matrix character) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (599 words)
The Oracle is played by Gloria Foster in the first two Matrix movies (The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded) and by Mary Alice in the third Matrix movie (The Matrix Revolutions).
In The Matrix Revolutions and Enter the Matrix it is explained that this is because she needed to find another shell to hide from The Merovingian.
In the the third Matrix movie, the Oracle hints about her purpose, which is to bring unbalance, rather than balance, to the equations that form the Matrix.
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