Title

The Reality of the Dream

Publication Year

1976

Keywords

Literature, dreams, Metamorphosis, Tempest, creative writing, fiction

Disciplines

Comparative Literature | Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Fiction | Psychology

Abstract

Long before the brothers of Joseph cried "Behold, this dreamer cometh," men have scoffed at dreams as nonsense. A dreamer is one who lives in a cloud of fantasy, out of touch with the real world of cold and impersonal pain. Dreaming has always been reserved for children and fools. It is interesting to note, however, that the degree to which dreamers have been accused of foolishness is relative to the advancement of civilization. Primitive man saw dreaming as an awesome mystery, beyond man's control or will. Dreams, to minds not faded by enlightened reason, were regarded as objectively real experiences: the dreamer's spirit actually traveled or was visited by another spirit. A sleeper was awakened slowly, so that his spirit, which wandered to far places while the body remained unconscious, would have time ti return. Anyone fortunate enough to dream frequently was honored as a favored medium, and often fasting or drugs were used in seeking to produce the dream-state artificially.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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