The Importance Of Dreaming In The Storytelling Poe
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Around 2.5 million years ago, the first humans began to appear. They were more sophisticated and developed than that of the great ape family. Since this evolution, both our ancestors and modern humans have felt a yearning to share personal stories. In the preface of The Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gottschall touches on this subject by contradicting that if monkeys were left in a room with a computer they would eventually write Hamlet word for word. The human mind is obsessed with stories and the imaginative realm that it is connected to. From the early age of five years old until the day we die, we thirst to tell stories that carry purpose, meaning, and relevance to our existence. Gottschall provides convincing evidence of dreaming and emotion as an important way to tell stories and the rhetorical approach makes it very understandable for the reader.
Dreaming is a powerful way to tell stories, as it is the way I tell the majority of my stories. When I dream, it is nothing like I have experienced when I am conscious. Dreams are constructed around ideas and beliefs that I have an interest in. The dreams tend to shape us into who we are as a person. Dreaming is when one is completely in a different realm. This realm, called Neverland, is an "undiscovered and unmapped country" (Gottschall XIV). Neverland is untouched and that is what makes it so special. It is in a space where I can imagine anything. When I am sleeping, I am free to do whatever I want and whenever I want. I