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  1. Introduction
  2. The role of the unconscious mind in dreams
  3. Dreams viewed as possible truth bearers
  4. The characters' dreams
  5. Bao-yu's first trip to the land of illusion
  6. Jacob's Ladder
  7. Department of mysteries
  8. Jia Bao-yu'd dream of Zhen Bao-yu
  9. Jia Rui and the Mirror
  10. Conclusion

?Last night Chuang Chou dreamed he was a butterfly, spirits soaring he was a butterfly (is it that in showing what he was suited his own fancy?), and did not know about Chou. When all of a sudden he awoke, he was Chou with all his wits about him. He does not know whether he is Chou who dream he is a butterfly or a butterfly who dreams he is Chou. Between Chou and the butterfly there was necessarily a dividing; just this is what is meant by the transformation of things.?When I was nine years old, I distinctly remember dreaming of eating cotton candy. I could see the pink, fluffy material and taste the sweetness of the treat. When I woke up, I realized I actually was chewing on something, only it was my teddy bear. But did I really chew on a stuffed animal, dreaming it was cotton candy, or was I eating cotton candy and dreamed it turned into a teddy bear?

[...] While sleeping, he dreams that a ladder connects earth and heaven, and when he climbs to the top, he comes face to face with God. When they meet, God affirms that he will always be with Jacob and that he will eventually bring Jacob back to the land where he currently sleeps and his people will flourish there. Even though this is a story about Judaism, the same Taoist element of truth in dreams and the play on real vs. unreal that occurs in Bao-yu's dream can be applied to Jacob's dream. [...]


[...] Without the truth in his dreams and his belief that they were real, Harry would never have been able to navigate through the Department of Mysteries. Like Cao Xueqin, J.K. Rowling blurs the line between Harry's dreaming and waking states and makes it difficult to see which is real and which is unreal. Bao-yu's Return to the Land of Illusion and the ?enlightenment? of Harry and Jacob Just as Harry eventually finds himself in the place he had dreaming about, Bao-yu finds himself back in the Land of Illusion towards the end of the novel, when the monk takes his spirit there. [...]


[...] Not only are they aware of the existence of outside reality, but their primary purpose in dreaming is in fact to keep that reality at a distance.?[2] Cao Xueqin recognized the role of the unconscious mind in dreams long before Freud as argued by Ming Dong Gu in Chinese Theories of Fiction. He writes, Freud had the chance to study the dream episodes in the Hongloumeng, he would probably have admitted that long before him, Cao Xueqin had already made some important discoveries concerning the signifying mechanism of the psyche.?[3] Yet Cao differs with Freud's idea that dreams can only come from past thoughts. [...]

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