Ancient Egypt and Dreams

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TITLE:   Dream Interpretation
Type of Informative Speech:  
Speech Design:   Categorical

  I.   Introduction

  A.   Attention Grabber: “Dreams feel weird while we are in them.   It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange (Inception, the movie).”   Have you ever been curious about what your dreams actually mean?

  B. Credibility material:   There have been many times in my life where I have either woke up in the middle of the night from a horrible nightmare or woke up in the morning trying to recall my dreams.   I have spent a lot of time researching what my dreams mean.

  C. Statement of Relevance:   Dreams are something we all experience every night, whether we remember them or not.   One-third of your life is spent sleeping, and in an average life time you would have spent about six years of it dreaming (dreammoods.com).  

  D. Thesis: Dream interpretation

  E. Thesis & Points:   First, I would like to talk to you about the history of dream interpretation.   I want to tell you some interesting facts about dreams. Then I will give a brief history on how, where and when dreams were first interpretated. Lastly, I would like to tell you about some of the most common dreams and what they mean.

Transition:   (Starting with the History of Dreams.)
 
II.   Body

  A.   Main Point #1:   History of Dreams
  1.   Dreams are not new. According to   As stated on the dreammods.com website The Complete Book of Dreams by Julia & Derek Parker, Dream Interpretations date back to 3000-4000 B.C., where they were documented on clay tablets.   In Ancient times, Dreams were originally believed to be messages from the gods, or supernatural communications of some kind.   In ancient Egypt, Egyptians had a process called “dream incubation”.   If a person was emotionally disturbed, or wanted to ask the God’s for help they were put into a sleep temple and the priest would interpret their dreams.   In the 8th Century,......
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