#130 - The Matrix (3)
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wearing a tight, red dress. While the vibrant shade does stand out among the grey suits of the rest of the program, so would any other bright colour. She wears red because, when it comes to women in a patriarchal society, that colour is associated with wantonness. We see the same in religion, with the Scarlet Woman in The Book of Revelations
, and in wider literature, with The Scarlet Letter
of 1850. Further developing this idea of licentiousness, Mouse can later be heard to offer Neo access to the 'Woman in Red,' for the purposes of sexual gratification. Eventually, Mouse is killed by Agents in the simulation after they interrupt him ogling a picture of the 'Woman in Red', while he is supposed to be on look-out. He falls for the very trick he created, and it costs him his life.
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