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dialogue of the psyche
DREAMS: sequence images, sounds and feelings experienced when sleeping
SEMANTICS: linguistics. the study of meaning.

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/the-wise-old-man/

This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom.  The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]

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Shakespeare and Dreams


http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/09/shakespeare-and-dreams/

Upon closer look to his very wide collection of literary works, it is easy to see how Shakespeare was drawn to dreams and supernatural occurrences, enough to influence his masterpieces. It is common for a Shakespeare character to dream of an impending doom or for it to adapt an archetype even if the word itself wasn’t even born yet. Many scholars who studied his literary works even thought that Shakespeare’s characters may even be the basis of all psychoanalytic studies later on—particularly that of Freud’s.

Critics believed that Shakespeare had unwittingly introduced the concept of dream theories most psychoanalysts use today and eventually, changed the way we see dreams in general. Shakespeare had been vocal eversince about his belief that dreams are portent of the future as evident in his dream quotes as well. Some of his most popular pieces are marked by dreams prior to major turn of events but what really embodied his belief are the dream-like settings he so fondly used for most of his masterpieces, one of which being the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” where the absurd, magical world of faeries was brought to life. Moreover, dreams and visions played a big part in the play Macbeth as almost every action made by its characters was based on their perception while asleep.

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One Response to “Shakespeare and Dreams”

Marcia Dream

People have been thinking about the meaning of dreams since ancient times. For example, the ancient Egyptians thought dream interpretation was important and dream interpretation is mentioned in the bible.

Shakespeare’s use of dreams in his works to portend future events isn’t new – the idea that dreams predict the future has been around since ancient time. Anyway, in Shakespeare’s works, the use of dreams as a means of foretelling the future is a literary device – a form of foreshadowing. It doesn’t say anything about how Shakespeare felt about dreams in real life.

Modern psychoanalytic theory says that dreams do not foretell the future.

Some psychoanalysts interpret literary works in the context of pyschoanalytic theory, but that does not mean that the writer intended the work to be interpreted that way. One can interpret the same work in the context of feminist theory, Marxist theory, etc.

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