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Dream Interpretation and Metaphysics Term Paper

… Dream Interpretation and Metaphysics

M.Msc. thesis for the degree of Master of Metaphysical Science

Every person dreams. Whether the dreamer remembers those dreams, or believes they drift into a dark see of absolute nothingness in sleep, the fact is that all people demonstrate the brain and eye activity that researchers know is associated with dreams. However, given that so many people fail to remember their dreams, it is clear that not all dreaming is memorable and productive. Even those dreamers who remember the majority of their dreams may find most of them to be insignificant and inconsequential. Likewise, even those people who find most of their dreams to be absolutely unmemorable occasionally have a dream that they believe reveals something significant. This leads the dreamer…. [read more]

Dreams and Learning Essay

… Modern dream research

Recent dream research suggests that there is still little consensus as to what purpose, exactly, dreams serve. Marquet (2001, pg. 1050) suggests that dreams are a method for "off-line processing of acquired information" that consolidates and integrates the information presented in dream states to a more useful, more meaningful information. Further, Wagner et al. (2004) found that REM sleep patterns, providing the requisite sleep cycle for dreams to occur, creates a foundation upon which creative thinking and content analysis can thrive. Essentially, Wagner et al. (2004) found that research participants were twice as likely to discover new ways of solving mathematical problems once the participant was allowed to sleep in between introduction of a given problem and attempting to resolve the given…. [read more]

Magic in a Midsummer Night Essay

… Approaching these direct appeals to the audience with the relative uses of magic in either play in mind will illuminate some of the purposes of these appeals as well as offer an insight into the reception of magic at the time of the plays' initial performances.

In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck ends the play by addressing the audience, promising that "If we shadows have offended, / Think but this, and all is mended, / That you have but slumber'd here / While these visions did appear," (Shakespeare 5.1.423-426). Puck seeks to excuse any of the excesses of the play which could possibly have offended the audience at the time of its writing, suggesting that "this weak and idle theme," that of magic and the…. [read more]

Shakespearean Comedy, a Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

… ¶ … Shakespearean comedy, a midsummer Night's Dream, which is discussed the elements of love and courtship omedy, a Midsummer Night's Dream which you discuss the element of t

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is one of the writer's best known comedies and it is principally remarkable for the series of elements it covers, as it deals with aspects ranging from courtship to fantasy. Conventional matters such as love and marriage are typically presented from a different perspective by Shakespeare, as he emphasizes concepts that would seem incredible to most of his readers with the probable purpose of showing people that they should not employ traditional thinking in dealing with them. Simple love and society's rules are overturning when Puck,…. [read more]

Farce Midsummer Night's Dream Term Paper

… The laboring class of A Midsummer Night's Dream provides a unique insight into the irrational nature of romance. Bottom, who directly experiences love's spell, can provide special insight into this group of character's perception of romantic love. Oberon drips the magic flower juice on his beloved Titania, and Puck gives Bottom the head of a donkey, setting the stage for outright humor. When Titania awakens and falls in love with Bottom, the nature of romance is truly mocked by Shakespeare. Here, a fairy and a man with the head of the donkey revel in their romance. This is not true love borne of friendship and affection; this love is foolish and superficial. The addition of magic to Shakespeare's play underscores the potentially irrational nature of…. [read more]

Romantic Poet a Midsummer's Night Parallel Thesis

… ¶ … Romantic poet

A Midsummer's Night Parallel: The Language of Oberon and Thesus' Worlds

Marriage, fertility -- and a world upside down. Although the rules that define courtship and marriage Theseus' kingdom may seem to stand in profound contrast to that of Oberon and Titania's, they share many similar characteristics. First of all, even in fairyland, there is a war between the sexes. Hippolyta was an Amazon before Theseus captured her as his prize, and similarly the Queen of fairyland Titania is striving to assert her authority over proud, King Oberon. However, the language of the fairies, in contrast to the language of the humans, is far more profoundly metaphorical in nature. Rather than relying upon rhyme of vague generalities, when the fairies express…. [read more]

Costumes a Midsummer Night's Dream Research Proposal

… Yet the audience will follow the story better if the two actors have different hair, or otherwise appear radically different. The costumes will signal when the identities are being confused.

Neither are the two human males in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lysander and Demitrius. Because the plays' characters are Greek, it is important to use Greek-inspired costumes as in:

As with the women, the two men become confounded in the play, as their love interests flit back and forth between Hermia and Helena.

One of the most endearing characters in the play is Puck. This image is particularly riveting, and is precisely how I would envision Puck. Puck is like Pan, and should be as petite as possible, summarily mischievous looking, and barely clothed. The…. [read more]

Mid Summer Nights Dream Essay

… ¶ … Midsummer Night's Dream

Hermia: An overlooked heroine

In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, it is easy to overlook the influence of the romantic, mortal heroine Hermia. The shorter, dark-haired Hermia initially seems less sympathetic than her taller, blonder and 'fairer' compatriot Helena because she begins the play with the affections of her beloved Lysander secure. Yet it is Hermia's brave and defiant action that causes the rest of the events of the play to unfold. Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius, a man she does not love. In doing this, she still leaves open the possibility for Helena to marry the man she originally was promised to marry. And Hermia's bold decision to flee into the woods brings the rest of the human world…. [read more]

Midsummer Night's Dream the Difficulty Term Paper

… And that isn't even mentioning the fact that Titania falls in love with the man whose head is shaped like a bottom, who is fittingly called Bottom. These quirky matches would have never occurred had it not been for some external force - this one happening to be a potion.

Obviously, the external factors, not internal emotions, were the source of the majority of the problems facing the lovers in the play. Their confused emotions were caused directly by the potions, and the potions then caused them to fall in love with someone. Their fates were completely controlled by the potion, and not by themselves. The confusion came directly from these messed up unions, and the most ludicrous pair, the beautiful Titania and the ugly…. [read more]

Feste in "Twelfth Night Term Paper

… "What's to come is still unsure," suggests the plot twists to come before people find their true loves. Finally, Feste urges those who are young to act on their love because youth is fleeting.

In the next scene, Feste sends the message with more subtlety, singing of a man who dies without anyone to mourn for him, because he does not love anyone. This was a song he sang at the need to love when young before death takes us.

Feste does not sing again until the end of the play -- Act V, which has only one scene. In this song he summarizes the wisdom he has offered as well as makes references to events in the play. He boasts of his wisdom as…. [read more]

Winter Dreams the Tension Essay

… The themes of "Winter Dreams" are relevant today because striving and social climbing remains part of American life. The contradictions between the values of being a 'self-made person' on one hand, and desiring to mimic the lifestyle of old money can be seen on every college campus today. Many wealthier students who do not have to take out student loans have the luxury of studying subjects that do not automatically prepare them for a career. Poorer students must worry about employment after college, and getting a marketable degree. Many of them study similar subjects as their richer friends, such as English and Art History, and find themselves upon graduating with little hope of a job in an anemic market.

The idea of being able to…. [read more]

Dreams: Their Purpose and Meaning Research Paper

… However, an attempt has been made to differentiate the dreams using the preceding sleep stage, feelings encountered, relative proximity to reality and the causal demarcation. EEG tests have been able to mark out four succeeding stages of sleep with each lasting roughly for two hours or thereabouts. Amongst the first things that sleep confers is to rest the mental activity, the period of psychological resting stage wherein the brain filters away thoughts and emotions and chooses to distinguish between trash and the retainable experiences. These are two stages that constitute the D-sleep, the desynchronized EEG. The remaining two, the later ones are the ones dedicated for the physical rest required by the body. This is the S-Sleep or synchronized EEG sleep period. The D-sleep period…. [read more]

Sleep and Dreams Research Paper

… REM Sleep and Dreaming

Last night while we slept, most of us did not know that we went into the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) mode when we slept and dreamed. More than likely, we will not remember any of dreams for a very good reason: we evolved not to. However, all normal, healthy humans go into the REM state and dream every night -- and most mammals show evidence of this brain pattern too. The function and meaning of dreams have always been a source of mystery and fascination. Some ancient civilizations saw dreams as a way to divine the future or visit with long-departed ancestors. At the beginning of the last century they were viewed as mechanisms for the fulfillment of wishes or as…. [read more]

Friday Night Lights: A Town Term Paper

… There were the hardworking ones who were easy to get along with and didn't try to cut corners and melded in quite nicely. They deserved the title black. They deserved the respect of fellow whites (Bissinger 90). The other ones were not, and deserved the title "nigger." It is interesting to note so many of these "other" blacks seemed to end up on the football team. Ethics clearly do not come into play in Odessa - only football holds that distinction.

Athletics are clearly one of the most important aspects of high school (and adult) life in Odessa, but as one resident noted,

Athletics lasts for such a short period of time. It ends for people. But while it lasts, it creates this make-believe world…. [read more]

American Dream Metaphor Stands as a Symbol Research Proposal

… ¶ … American Dream metaphor stands as a symbol of the U.S. And of it being the land of freedom in which almost anyone can fulfill their fantasies. Subsequent to the war of independence, people everywhere became fascinated with the concept of a colony defeating one of the greatest empires in the world and then attaining freedom into a territory full of riches. As a result, masses of people wanting to live the American Dream began to flow into the newly formed country. Over the years numerous plays, movies, and books have been made on the topic.

James Truslow Adams is the father of the "American Dream" term as he first used in his 1931 book "The Epic of America." In his opinion, the American…. [read more]

Journey Into Night Essay

… A big part. That part that's been dead so long. That hates life. My putting you wise so you'd learn from my mistakes. Believed that myself at times, but it's a fake. Made my mistakes look good. Made getting drunk romantic. Made whores fascinating vampires instead of poor, stupid, diseased slobs they really are. Made fun of work as a sucker's game. Never wanted you succeed and make me look even worse by comparison. Wanted you to fail. Always jealous of you. Mama's baby, Papa's pet! (159)

When Jamie is saying that his own deeply-ingrained instinct for perversity not only enabled him to be a negative inluence on his sibling, it also "made getting drunk romantic" in the same way -- out of sheer perversity,…. [read more]

Father's Dreams: Jasmine's Story Essay

… I knew that I would have to work very hard if I were going to win the race to please my father and fulfill his dreams for me as a skier.

V. The Race is Revealed

The night before the race, I told my father that tomorrow was a very special day. I informed my father that I had entered a race on the second slopes and that it was that particular race for which I had been practicing for the past week. My father was very excited and while I went to bed early, I could hear him talking to my mother very late into the night about how proud he would be if I could only win that race on the second slopes…. [read more]

Glass Menagerie What Was the American Dream Essay

… ¶ … Glass Menagerie

What was the American Dream in the 1940's? What message does Williams convey about the American Dream, and what are the possibilities that each member of the Wingfield family will realize the dream?

The American Dream in the 1940s was that anyone, provided that he or she worked hard enough, could achieve success. For men, that meant getting a good, preferably, white-collar job. For women, it meant marrying well, or, as in the case of Amanda, seeing her daughter Laura marry well and her son Tom advance in his position at the warehouse where he worked. However, the reality is that Amanda is a fading Southern belle who has lost her charm, while Laura is painfully shy and is physically crippled.…. [read more]

Book Night Essay

… ¶ … Wiesel's Night

Night is a title that aptly reflects its message. In night, the obverse of day, all of life's normality is torpedoed. The son is made to look after the father; wanton murder is unleashed; God is concealed (as per the kabalistic statement that He is concealed at night); and people telling truths are shunted aside for desired fabrications. Just as at night reality is obliterated by obfuscation and surrealism, so was it the case in Wiesel's 'night'.

Eliezer, an adolescent scholar from a backwards Carpathian village, had spent his life in the Talmud and Yeshiva and was unaware of events in the outside world. He was aware that the Messiah would come one day, but was not expecting the Messiah in…. [read more]

Glass Menagerie What Was the American Dream Essay

… Glass Menagerie

What was the American Dream in the 1940's? What message does Williams convey about the American Dream, and what are the possibilities that each member of the Wingfield family will realize the dream?

Tennessee Williams challenges the traditional concept of the American dream in The Glass Menagerie. The Windfield family is experiencing a significant level of economic frustration. Although the concept of the American dream might be suitable for some, such as Jim, it certainly doesn't apply to everyone. Jim believes that with hard work and dedication that he can push his life on an upward trajectory. He believes in self-help, education, and the promise of technology. He also believes that if he gives his full effort that he can go as far…. [read more]

Firelight in "The Night Term Paper

… That is firelight. It can burn you if you get too close, but it is oh so comforting if you can stay at just the right distance.

I think a good example of people who live in the firelight are old people. Often, when people get very old, they tend to live in their memories, and retreat into times past. They are in their own dream world of thoughts and memories that no one else really understands. Their future is uncertain at best, so they retreat into their past, where the outcome is certain, but dreams can change the facts. My grandfather was like that in the last years of his life. Often he would sit for hours, just staring ahead out of his nearly…. [read more]

Winter Dreams the American Essay

… Her agreeing to marry him has actually made her seem less valuable in his eyes because it becomes less of a challenge. Without making herself hard to win, Irene has shown herself to compare negatively to the symbolic icon of old money that Dexter sees in Judy. This is clear when the narrator says, "The fact that Judy's flare for him endured just one month seemed of little importance. Nor did it matter that by his yielding he subjected himself to a deeper agony in the end and gave serious hurt to Irene Scheerer and to Irene's parents, who had befriended him" (Fitzgerald). Irene is wealthy but becomes associated with a middle class existence rather than the large riches that a union with Judy would…. [read more]

Can We Really Control Our Dreams Without Waking Up Research Paper

… ¶ … control our dreams without waking up?

Mankind was always obsessed with dreams, as the experiences presented people with the possibility to escape their daily routines and enter a world made up by their subconscious. Under certain circumstances, people can realize when they are dreaming and can thus control their dreams. This depends on a series of factors, most relating to person's ability to differentiate between dreams and reality (Shulman & Stroumsa, 1999, p. 10). The act of lucid dreaming occurs when a person is aware that he or she is dreaming and can have control over his or her dream (Gackenbach, 1992, p. 265).

Apparently, lucid dreaming can be likened to a state of meditation, with the individual experiencing similar brain activity in…. [read more]

American Dream so Many Things Term Paper

… ¶ … American Dream

So many things have been said about the American Dream; so many people have struggled against themselves to prove that it does not only exist but can also be achieved. So many people worked hard and devoted their lives to this dream. Do we really and profoundly feel what it means, or do we keep following the stereotypes that we have created in our very own minds. To make a long story short - What is an American Dream? One of the most brilliant examples revealing a particular point-of-view on the matter is the outstanding work of Scott Fitzgerald - "The Great Gatsby." Fitzgerald shows how this dream is full of materialism, how materialism influencing the lives of people makes it…. [read more]

Dream World Essay

… ¶ … Tourism Industry is attracting more attention by nations across the world, as in Australia, as a sustainable source of income. This is due in part to the fact that there is more global connectedness, and a larger global population that is in a better economic position to travel abroad and know the world. In coastal regions where industries are difficult to built and sustain, cities have started evolving as tourist attractions. There has been a lot of research activity in the academic domain addressing the specific domains of differentiation, travel destination, image building, and potential economic impact of tourism on the overall economic structure and movement of such centers (Fredline, 2002).

Even as the tangible effects of tourism are being explored with greater…. [read more]

Symbols and Dreams Essay

… Symbols and Dreams

Interpreting Dreams and Symbols

I encounter many different symbols in my day-to-day life. Some are mundane, such as the golden arches of McDonalds. And some are spiritual such as the ichthys on the back cars -- the little fish symbol that represents Christianity. Some are social and political -- the peace symbol one sees on T. shirts and bumper stickers. Some are hateful -- the swastika pops up now and then. But these are all sign symbols: there are also other symbols I encounter: the symbols in which we dress ourselves and make our appearance -- the preppy look, the goth look, the angry look, the retro look. There are ideas we promote through symbols on backpacks, on cars, on shirts, in…. [read more]

Acquainted With the Night Essay

… The poem, like the isolation has no end. There is no destination, it just keeps revolving.

The confrontation with the night watchman is one of the best pieces of evidence supporting the idea that the speaker is homeless. He avoids eye contact so that he does not have to explain his predicament. A lot can be read into this. He may not want to explain because he just does not feel like talking about his situation, because of the deep hurt that he feels. It may also support the idea of homelessness, as he does not wish to talk to the officer due to his fear that he will be arrested or at least harassed because he has nowhere to go.

The greatest support that…. [read more]

Langston Hughes, Born in 1902 Term Paper

… The African-Americans have taken their ancestor's love for music and dance and blended it into their religious experiences and their expression of grief or joy, marking the birth of a new identity. The author of this poem appears to aspire to a complete liberation from any temporal or special restriction. All he requires if the freedom to dance in the sun and a tall slim tree to sleep under.

The contrast between white and black is freed of any qualitative comparison meaning whatsoever in the anonymous place the author is dreaming of in his poem. The day in this place he is dreaming of has two characteristics: it is "white" and "quick," while the night is gentle, tender and "black" like him. His freedom comes…. [read more]

Faith and God in Elie Essay

… Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. . . . Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes" (Wiesel and Wiesel 33-34). How could just God allow these inhumanities continue, Elie wondered? He began to think that God either did not exist or the existing God was unjust and cruel.

While Elie continued to struggle with his faith, another incident further shook his childhood faith in the goodness of God. During an allied raid in Buna, one of the prisoners tried to eat some food and the Nazis shoot him. Afterwards, accusing another boy of stealing food, the Nazis hanged him in the presence of other Jewish prisoners. Many others…. [read more]

American Dream the Awakening Term Paper

… Rather than calling the police or her husband, she leaves in the car with Louise. After that, to return would not only have meant returning to her empty marriage but it would have meant facing consequences of the unknown. Edna's point of no return was when she left her house and sent her children away and moved into a place for herself only. She knew she could never go back to her husband's house, that she could never be the type of mother that was expected of her. Moving into her own place was her declaration her independence, her holding onto her self. Both women went against social order to experience their true selves.

Moreover, both Thelma and Edna were willing to sacrifice their lives…. [read more]

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