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The Importance and Significance of Dreams in 1984

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Literary Seminar
The Importance and Significance of Dreams in 1984
In George Orwell’s 1984, the variety of dreams Winston experiences creates an understanding of his past and how he is coping with Oceania’s dystopian society.

The dreams involving Winston’s mother and sister, the golden country, and the dark haired girl are all examples of how his deepest feelings and desires are displayed.

Thesis Statement
Can you remember a dream you have had that when you woke up, you were able to recall real life events or people that played an impact in your life?

Mother & Sister
“There was no reproach in either their faces or in their hearts, only the knowledge that they must die in order that he might remain alive, and that this was part of the unavoidable order of things.” (Orwell 32)
“(Tragedy)…belonged to the ancient time, to a time where there was still privacy, love and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.” (Orwell 32)
“His mother’s memory tore at his heart because she had died loving him, when he was too young and selfish to love her in return, and because somehow, he did not remember how, she had sacrificed herself to a conception of loyalty that was private and unalterable.” (Orwell 32)
Golden Country
“The landscape that he was looking at recurred so often in his dreams that he was never fully certain whether or not he had seen it in the real world.” (Orwell 33)

“He dreamed a great deal, and they were always happy dreams. He was in the Golden Country, or he was sitting among enormous, glorious, sunlit ruins, with his mother, with Julia, with O’Brien – not doing anything, merely sitting in the sun, talking of peaceful things.” (Orwell 288)

Secondary Source
What Do Dreams Do for Us? By Ilana Simons from Psychologytoday.com

“In dreams, we deal with emotional content in a safe place, making connections that we would not make if left to our more critical or defensive brains. In this sense, dreaming is like therapy on the couch: We think through emotional stuff in a less rational and defensive frame of mind.” (Simons)

The Dark Haired Girl
“Her body was white and smooth, but it aroused no desire in him, indeed he barely looked at it. What overwhelmed him in that instant was admiration for the gesture with which she had thrown her clothes aside” (Orwell 33)

“Listen. The more men you’ve had, the more I love you. Do you understand that?”…”I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don’t want any virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.” (Orwell 132)

Secondary Source
The Meaning of Dreams by Michelle L. Brandt from Stanford University

“Experts say the study showed that dreaming is linked to emotion and not just a series of random events. Even skeptics have conceded that there must be some sort of relationship between dreams and emotions.” (Brandt)

We are able to see how each dream Winston experiences plays an important impact on his state of mind.
His Mother
– first believed that sympathy for his family was a “thing of the past” but felt guilty deep down.
Golden Country
– pictured a happy land that reminded him of true happiness, opposite of modern society (rebellion).
Dark Haired Girl
– Allowed him to expose his sexual intentions which were banned by the party and big brother.
Each dream allows him to broaden his thoughts past what the party is limiting him to.

Works Cited
Brandt, Michelle L. "The Meaning of Dreams." - Stanford Medicine Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2015.

Orwell, George, and Michael Dean. 1984. Edinburgh: Penguin, 2008. Print.

Simons, Ilana, Ph.D. "What Do Dreams Do for Us?" Psychology Today. N.p., 11 Nov. 2009. Web. 04 May 2015.

Before We Begin...
In what ways did big brother and the party isolate the freedom of their people?
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