How Dreams Affect Reality In the works of Chester Himes there is an underlying theme of dreaming. Throughout his various stories Himes uses dreams to function as a retreat for his characters. In his short story “The Meanest Cop in the World”, Himes is able to concoct an entire story that is descriptive and lifelike, which the readers just assume is real. However, when the curtain is pulled back at the end and Himes tells the readers that the entire thing is just a dream the readers are shocked.
What does it mean to dream? Well, I believe dreams will always remain a mystery of phenomenons that science will never be able to explain. However, we can interpret our dreams in many different aspects. Philosophers, such as Alan Watts, interpret dreams in an interesting way, such as it being an adventure (The Dream of Life). From this, I’d like to think of dreams as adventures for our minds; we’re subconsciously wandering to a new adventure every time we decide to rest our eyes.
In Mr. King’s essay, The Symbolic Language of Dreams, his process and techniques describes is very similar to people on a clinical therapeutic spiritual self-discovering journey in which dreams are very much part of the process. Most experience writers have the gift of using life experiences as a flipbook of ideas for personalities, events, and settings for their book. For example, Danielle McGee, a friend of mine, wrote a story about a witch turning a guy into an umbrella. She was angry with her landlord thus using him as person who was changed. Being able to use lucid dreaming or being in a meditative state to recall his memories or dreams is a known technique.
PBS’s, Nova What Are Dreams, is a forty-five-minute documentary about how different stages of sleep effect our dreams. Throughout the documentary, we also witness how dreaming is essential for making sense of the world around us. For nearly a century, many thought when one is asleep the brain is asleep as well. Yet not until technology advanced, did scientists begin examining sleeping patients to notice every ninety minutes their patients brain showed activity as if they were awake but were still unconscious.
But why do we bother to try.” without these mental agilities, it’s difficult to chase after something as great as a dream. This is very important because being strong or fast is one thing, but being smart is something on a whole new level. The author Heinrich states, “I’m moved by others’ dreams and by their devotion and courage in the pursuit of excellence.” Your mind is the key aspect of dreaming so it’s really important.
As well as Freud’s view on what a dreams function could be. Lastly I will discuss how dreams sooth the soul before death. Flanagan’s reason for believing that consciousness is an adaptation stems from various questions in his book he starts my saying “what functions does consciousness serve” (Flanagan,
Sigmund Freud says “Properly speaking, the unconscious is the real psychic; its inner nature is just as unknown to us as the reality of the external world, and it is just as imperfectly reported to us through the data of consciousness as is the external world through the indications of our sensory organs.” (Freud). In Frankenstein, Victor’s nightmares describe his subconscious and shows what he is truly scared of. His nightmares are often morbid and depict many of his loved ones dead. Frankenstein is quoted saying “I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms; a shroud enveloped her form, and I saw the grave-worms crawling in the folds of the flannel” (Shelly 58).
The “why we dream argument see dreams as only nonsense that the brain creates from fragments of images and memory” (Obringer). On this side of the argument dreams are viewed as tricks of the mind that just seem to happen. Other people believe differently. Some people believe dreams have meaning even if we don’t recognize it at first. “Many think dreams are full of symbolic messages that may not be clear to us on the surface” (Obringer).
It is usually confused between Behaviorism and Psychoanalysis; on the other hand, there is a huge difference between the three. Behaviorism focuses only on observable behaviors and Psychoanalysis relies on subjective perceptions; unlike, Cognitive is concerned with internal mental states and uses scientific research methods to study it. Cognitive psychology is a study of mental processes incorporating people’s dreams, memories, and solving-problems. Dreams have a different interpretation and sides, the spiritual and scientific. According to the Encyclopedia of Dreams (comprehensive study of dream), dreams were used by God to deliver His messages and give lessons to people’s lives so it has a dipper meaning and symbolisms in our life; contrast, to the study of Calvin Hall, a behavioral psychologist, tells dreams shows our
1. Introduction Starting from the ancient times humans has always been interested in strange phenomena of sleeping and dreams. Dreams can be explained psychologically as images of subconsciousness and feedback of neural processes in human's brain. For most of us, dreaming is something quite separate from normal life. When we wake up from being chased by a monster, or being on a date with a movie star, we realize with relief or disappointment that "it was just a dream."
I Dreamed a Dream is a soliloquy piece, sung by Fantine during act one of Les Misérables (1980). Fantine has just been fired from her factory job after it is discovered that she has an illegitimate child and takes to selling herself on the streets to pay for medicine for her daughter. It is here that ‘I Dreamed a Dream,’ is sung as a way of progressing the story and providing a realisation by the character of her unfortunate situation in life with the song being composed as a way of expressing the feelings of Fantine as she wonders where her life went so wrong as to descend to her present predicament. Throughout the song an anguished, during and impoverished Fantine reminisces on happier days and descends back to the harsh reality that is her hopeless life. I Dreamed a Dream is set in common time (4/4) with a steady set tempo throughout the piece, de despite significant changes in dynamic, texture, modulation and emotion.