Dreams in Literature Dreams are featured in The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol and “I Sell My Dreams” by Gabriel Marquez. The use of dreams in literature can be quite powerful as this writing tool introduces plot development and themes with a great range of possibilities. Dreams are popularly regarded within the realm of sleeping. However, the function of dreaming can occur as an uncontrolled mental journey while sleeping or as a semi-controlled state of musing conducted while awake, which is referred to as day-dreaming. The protagonist in The Overcoat, Akakii Akakievich Bashmachkin, was quite the day-dreamer. He longed for a fancy overcoat and this particular objective was the crux of the plot in the story. In one scene, Akakii Akakievich was...The end:
.....would be quite empty and literature without dreams would be equally bereft of a beautiful aspect of human existence. It is the analysis of these dreams which may say more about society reflectively than the truth of the dreams themselves. Works Cited Gogol, Nikolai. The Overcoat and Other Short Stories. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, 1992. Print. Marquez, Gabriel. “I Sell my Dreams.” english.learnhub.com/ lesson/1414-i-sell-my-dreams. Learnhub, 2009. Web. 17 Apr. 2010. Walden, Daniel, and Helena Poch. "Psychoanalysis of Dreams: Dream Theory and Its Relationship to Literature and Popular Culture: Freud, Billy Joel, Appelfeld, and Abe." Journal of Popular Culture 32.1 (1998): 113-120. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 17 Apr. 2010.