Are Dreams Real or Fictional?

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Are dreams real or pure fiction?

PROLOGUE
THE PURPOSE of my writing this creative nonfictional composition is to deal with the issue of whether dreams are real or fantasy. Many people believe that they are real in that they reflect the character of the dreamer and have repercussions on him or that they are a foreboding of a realistic future event. This composition elucidates the idea that even though dreams have some relationships to what the dreamer has experienced, dreams by themselves are pure fantasy.
What INFLUENCED my writing this piece was my very own dream. After experiencing such a nightmare, I was deeply motivated in finding insights about dreaming and researching their specific meanings. My classmate, Ryan, discussing about his own dream of being a serial killer, has also given me an inspiration into thinking about dreams. After all, my dream was in similar context with Ryan’s dream – we were both being serial killers.

INTRODUCTION
Brain is simply the most fascinating organ in the body. It is where dreaming occurs. When a person is well into his sleep his eyes start to move rapidly. This stage is known as “Rapid Eye Movement” or “REM sleep” and is where he begins to dream. In a person’s brain, there are systems known as “neural systems.” They function as an ongoing but unaware correlate to those structures that people are aware of during states of consciousness. However, during REM sleep, neural systems have the upper hand and they are not interfered by reality. Hence, dreams have the freedom to transform any prior or possible future experience into phantasmagoria.

ONE NIGHT I HAD A DREAM…
“I have the power of God over this guy, and I am going to kill him.”
This thought overwhelms me late one evening as I approach a teenager in the outskirts of my town’s shopping centre. I feel that this youngster is mocking and ridiculing me. He says…...

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