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Title: Respond to the following question in your notes: (you don


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Respond to the following question in your
notes(you dont have to share if you dont
want to. If you do, keep it appropriate.)
  • What is the most vivid dream you have had?
    Describe what you remembered when you woke up.

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HOW DID WE GET HERE?
  • Now watch this clip from the movie Inception
  • Consider What makes dreams different from
    reality?

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ESSENTIAL QUESTION
  • WHAT ROLE DO DREAMS PLAY IN HUMAN EXPERIENCE?

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MEDIEVAL DREAM VISIONS
  • In Art and Literature

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DREAM VISION MOTIF
  • MOTIF a thematic element that recurs throughout
    a work or group of works
  • can be an image, an idea, a situation, or even a
    structural pattern

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Dream Vision Motif in Narrative
  • Character falls asleep and has a dream that
    affects his/her course of action.
  • VERY important in medieval literature, but can be
    traced back to even older texts The Book of
    Matthew (Bible)

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TYPICAL FEATURES
  • Of supernatural origin
  • Gives otherwise inaccessible information
  • Prophecy
  • good news or warning of DANGER
  • Sets plot in motion

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THE DREAM(S) OF THE MAGI (Matthew 212)
Dream of the Magi by Gislebertus (1120-30)
Stone in Cathedral of Saint-Lazare, Autun
(Romanesque style)
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ACCORDING TO GISELBERTUS
  • 2 Dream Visions (journey there journey home)
  • Angel points out star to Magi in a dream vision
  • We saw his star and have come to worship him
    (Matthew 22)
  • DANGER!! Dont pass by Herod
  • And having been warned in a dream not to return
    to Herod, they returned to their country by
    another route (Matthew 212)

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DREAM VISION MOTIF AS OLD AS ENGLISH
  • 1st named poet in Old English Caedmon
  • Oldest recorded poem in Old English Caedmons
    Hymn
  • in Bedes Ecclesiastical history of the English
    people (8th Century)

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BEDE TELLS US
  • Caedmon, an illiterate farmer, leaves a singing
    party because he doesnt know how
  • Caedmon has dream
  • In his dream, some man tells him to sing to me
    of the first Creation
  • Caedmon sings in his dream (12 line Hymn in West
    Saxon)
  • Caedmon wakes up, shares the song with others,
    and dedicates his life to serving God through his
    songs.

12
THE PEARL POET / THE GAWAIN POET
14th Century Illuminated Manuscript with 4
Anonymous Poems
  • Then, daughter appears in dream
  • Dialogue Father questions, daughter responds
    metaphorically
  • Daughter describes Earthly and Heavenly Jerusalem
  • Father tries to cross the stream and wakes up
    (daughter vanished)

Journey within Dream (internal, spiritual
journey)
  • The poet, mourning loss of his daughter (his
    Pearl), falls asleep in a garden

13
HOLY GRAIL?
  • Cup that Jesus drank out of
  • Sought by King Arthur and his Knights
  • Symbol of perfect communion with God


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KING ARTHUR AND THE GRAIL
  • The Legend of King Arthur
  • Great King
  • Leader of the Knights of the Round Table (all
    equal)

Many of his knights search for the Holy Grail
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LANCELOTS VISION OF THE GRAIL
Oxford mural by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • Kills a dragon for a king, sees the grail, then
    is tricked into lying with the kings daughter
  • Son born Sir Galahad

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SIR GALAHAD PUREST KNIGHT
  • Only knight pure enough to reach the Grail
  • Chooses to die after seeing Grail (to remain pure)

The Attainment (1895-6) Tapestry by William Morris
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On your 2nd post-it note
  • Summarize the most important features of the
    medieval dream vision motif (3-5 short bullet
    points)

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What do you think this image represents?
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WHEEL OF FORTUNE
Fortune force that humans cant control
  • Wheel symbol of Fortune
  • Female figure personification of Fortune
  • Symbol something (usually tangible) that
    represents something else (usually intangible)
  • Personification using human characteristics to
    describe something non-human

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(A few) character relations in Morte dArthur
Half-siblings
Married
Lovers
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IN-CLASS ANALYSIS ANALYZE ARTHURS DREAM
  • What does his dream vision represent? What do the
    objects symbolize in the context of his current
    physical and mental state?
  • Be sure to cite specific words/phrases from the
    text to support your claims.
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