Chrisia R A Bell Webb
LITERATURE ESSAY: DREAMS
According to Wikipedia.com, Dreams can be identified as “successions of images, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during stages of sleep. The notion of dreams foreshadows the underlying concept of the play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Shakespeare. In the play, the purpose of dreams can be identified, the relationship between dreams and sleep can be explained, and the effects of these dreams on the characters and the audience can be seen. First and Foremost, the purpose of dreams can be identified. Dreams are a very important theme in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ which is linked to the bizarre, magical happenings in the forest. The purpose of dreams is to get your brain working, while you are asleep. Some dreams tell of a story, while others predict something bad is going to happen to you, or someone else and it will sometimes come true. According to Bottom, he says “Dreams are crazy and unbelievable”, and this can sometimes be true. For example, in Act 1 when Hippolyta says “Four days will quickly dream away the time”, this is evidence in the play, where the presence of dreams take place. Dreams can also change a person, and make them different. Moreover, the relationship between dreams and sleep can be explained. What is a dream? Well, a dream can include any of the images, thoughts and emotions, which are experienced during sleep. We can see all these actions and visions occurring in the play, when the characters are under a magic spell. Dreams can be frightening, confusing, vivid, or very vague, whereas Sleep can be defined as a condition of the body and mind in which the Nervous System is inactive, so basically, sleep is relaxing your brains, while dreaming is making your brains active while sleeping. As Oberon explains the power that the magic flower has, he mentions to puck that it must be placed only on sleeping...
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