The moment of terror when you’re being chased by a masked killer, while running for your life through a dark forest. You try and scream for help but nothing comes out. You trip, and before you know it the killer is right in front of you. He pulls a knife out and you wake up. Drenched in sweat, you quickly look around your surroundings to make sure that it was all just a nightmare. We have all had this moment, most of us probably more than once. Nightmares are a big terror of mine because I feel like even if they are a dream it may still be my fate someday. When I was a little kid, I always had nightmares about a clown living in the shower in my house. They happened so often that I was soon terrified of that bathroom in general. I vaguely remember one nightmare where I was sitting in the living room of my home, and I heard a noise. I went and checked it out, and a clown just jumps out of me. These nightmares finally did stop when I was a little older with one final nightmare that I clearly remember. My brother and I were playing with cars in the basement, and for some odd reason, I decided to look out the door (since it was a walk-out basement), and coming slowly towards our house was the clown. Before I realized it he was in the same room as me. I began to run, but I felt like I was in space, as I went slowly to the stairs. I tried screaming for help, but my voice had gone. I finally made it upstairs and thought I was safe, but I then saw something terrible. The clown was holding a long knife to my brother’s throat. I immediately woke up, but I was terrified. I never did have another dream about that clown though. I think nightmares can physically affect people. For example, if someone cannot run away quick enough from the terror in their own nightmare, they may try to get more in physical shape. I also think it can mess with people's minds. For example, my own mind was afraid to go into that bathroom for the longest time, when in reality...
...Nightmare: A Negative Dream
Most of the people of today are contented to say that nightmares are “only dreams” which they mean, it is just imaginary and of no consequence. They’re not worried or anything because dreams are just dreams and it won’t happen in real life. To others, it has been the result of the visitation of the demons and indeed, the word nightmare came from the Anglo-Saxon for goblin and incubus (Laberge & Rheingold, 1990). Some were very affected, scared and becomes paranoid every night when sleeping time approaches.
A nightmare scares the dreamer so much they wake up suddenly in the middle of the night sweating, feeling an extreme fear, heartbeat pounding really fast, and sometimes screaming in fear. They feel discomfort and danger. After they wake up from the nightmare for a minute or so, they’ll think it might be still going on, and it will remain in the mind for a long time. This may cause the dreamer a sleep disorder and a negative emotional response from the mind.
Some says that nightmares are some of the most significant and helpful of all dreams. By dramatizing our worst fears, they sometimes give us the courage to move forward without the anxiety of “what might happen” since we have already lived through the worst in our dreams.
Some people that often experiences night terrors might as well think that they don’t...
Rajiv woke up with a start. It took him a few seconds to get his bearings right. Yes, he was in his bed, safely tucked in. He wiped the few beads of perspiration that hung on to his forehead.
'It was just a bad dream', he assured himself. He tried recalling what had woke him up, but it was only a blurring image of him falling down into an infinite, dark pit. 'I hate nightmares', he cursed.
Catching his breath, he looked outside his window. Early morning rays were streaming in, reflecting a pale orange colour inside his small, but snug room, and thus reflecting his own shadow. He was standing still, gazing out from his small window and admired the beauty of Nainital.
'Why don't I wake up early more often?’ he said to himself, cherishing the peace and the quietness that enveloped him. Soon, hunger invaded his self-possession and he decided and go down and make himself a snack. He quickly got dressed and made his way down the stairs.
Suddenly, sounds of wailing reached his ears. It seemed to be coming from the kitchen. He could clearly hear loud cries from the kitchen and was surprised; and worried; Rajiv hastened down the stairs and ran to the kitchen. He saw his mother, bent over the counter, her head in her hands, crying loudly and shaking uncontrollably.
Rajiv stood there for a second, stunned. He tried to call out to her, but no sound came out from his mouth.
Finally, he managed to get his speech back, and...
...Dictation by Fear
As the Twin Towers fell to the ground, mass chaos spread throughout the United States. Among many other overwhelming feelings, many Americans were left in question and accusations. The motives of the terrorists were unknown and many Americans’ fear overtook a sense of logic. With fear fueling the minds of many Americans, many began to take illogical and unjustified actions. A stereotype developed amongst the Muslim society, which has still shrugged them from American society to this day. 9/11 instilled a fear in Americans that strung a chord in each person that disregarded a sense of logic or morals. Arthur Miller sets a scene of mass chaos and paranoia in the 1600’s in an area much like Salem, Mass.. A fear of witchcraft, that could quite possibly overtake the holy lifestyle in the Puritan society, created a spiraling downfall. In Arthur Millers multithematic play “The Crucible”, fear directs the decisions and course of life.
The deep rooted fear Reverend Parris feels stems from the reputation he must uphold as reverend of the holy community. In desperation, Parris allows his fear to contradict himself as he defends his niece, Abigail. Although Parris knows that Abigail is lying when she says she is not involved in witchcraft, Parris defends her in hopes it will secure his reputation and position in the community. As reverend, it is not...
As the instructor put me in that choke hold on my second to last day of swim instruction I knew I broke the one rule I tried so hard not to. “Get the hell out of my pool” he yelled. I dangled there in the middle of the pool wondering how this man could hold me in a chokehold while keeping both of us afloat. “You weak bitch, get the fuck out of my pool”. As those words echoed through the empty olympic sized pool room I was let go, left to reach the side of the deep end under my own power.
Already a month and a half in Marine Corps boot camp I was use to the abuse. This was different, I could handle all the physical punishment on the land. The countless push ups, and being forced to roll around in sand pits at 5 am before breakfast. Being in the best shape of my life at the time there was only one thing that could bring this fear over me. Up until boot camp I could count my exposure to bodies of water on one hand. Growing up in the middle of Queens, NY I rarely encountered a pool. Although my family moved to upstate New York, to a high school that did have its own pool, I wasn't forced to use it.
At the end of my senior year of high school while most of my friends were visiting and picking colleges I was preparing for boot camp. Everyday I ran countless miles and did numerous pushups getting my body ready for the three months of pain I was about to endure. Not being the biggest or strongest kid in high school most of my friends...
...write an essay in which you analyze how the author uses literary elements to explore this issue and explain how the issue contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. Do not merely summarize the plot.
2010, Form B. “You can leave home all you want but home will never leave you.” -- Sonsyrea Tate
Sonsyrea Tate’s statement suggests that “home” may be conceived of as a dwelling, a place, or a state of mind. It may have positive or negative associations, but in either case, it may have a considerable influence on an individual. Choose a novel or play in which a central character leaves home, yet finds that home remains significant. Write a well-developed essay in which you analyze the importance of “home” to this character and the reasons for its continuing influence. Explain how the character’s idea of home illuminates the larger meaning of the work. Do not merely summarize the plot.
2011. In a novel by William Styron, a father tells his son that life “is a search for justice.”
Choose a character from a novel or play who responds in some significant way to justice or injustice. Then write a well-developed essay in which you analyze the character’s understanding of justice, the degree to which the character’s search for justice is successful, and the significance of this search for the work as a whole.
2012. “And after all, our surroundings influence our lives and characters as much as fate, destiny or any supernatural agency.” Pauline Hopkins,...
...and explicitly teach in a school” (Barry 4). “..But I am suggesting that a methodology for reading literary texts can be properly literary” (Barry 4). When his Aunt and Miss Emma made him go see Jefferson when he did not want to paid off in the long run.
The lessons Grant learned took effect before Jefferson’s execution. When Jefferson asks Grant if he believes in God, Grant replied yes. Not because he did, because he did not, because he was looking out for Jefferson over himself. He did not lie to Jefferson to hurt him he lied so he could die with as many morals as possible. Even though at first Grant says that he didn’t believe in God I believe after Jefferson’s execution Grant had a little faith in him. Everything does happen for a reason.
“The Lessons learned by Jefferson and Grant are not identical to one another and neither of them is identical to the lessons for the readers of the novel (Barry 2) “They involve dignity, Identity, loving, and caring... (Barry 2). The word “lesson” in the title is the lesson that Grant learns, putting others before his self. The lesson is directed toward him instead of Jefferson because Jefferson’s is going to take him to Heaven and Grant’s is going to take him throughout the rest of his life.
...did not even leave me a note. Now, that was weird. My mother is not the kind of person who forgets things. “Well, maybe something came up and she is solving it,” I thought. As I was obviously rushing for time, I quickly grabbed two slices of bread from the dining table and stuffed them in my mouth. Gobbling the dry bread down my throat was choky, but I did not have a choice. After a few gulps of mineral water, I hastened and raced to the bus stop. It did not take long to catch a bus. I was lucky that there was even one to catch!
It was another eerie experience in the bus. The bus driver glared at me with pure menace. Things were feeling weirder as my friends who were in the same bus deliberately ignored me when I called them. Whatever the reason, I did not care much. I was practically trying to avoid thinking negatively about everything that happened on that day. And it seemed like I was giving up….
Friends and teachers were not behaving naturally in school. As I walking into the school compound, approaching the canteen, I was given a slap on my back. Worst was when I turned and found nobody behind me. Goodness! That was really freaking me out. My friends were all quiet and without expression. I greeted my Mathematics teacher, and he pretended not to see me! They were not talking to me the way they would, usually. As a swift breeze swept by, I shivered and felt cold down my spine.
During recess time, I was hoping situations would improve when all of my...
...people think nightmares are nothing more. Just a simple nightmare to wake up from in the morning. Just a bad dream that will be gone by the time they eat breakfast. But this isn’t true. With every nightmare, comes a meaning. Nightmares have a meaning behind them, and a reason for starting.
A nightmare is a dream with many negative emotions. The International Association for the study of dreams stated, “Anightmare is a very distressing dream which usually forces at least partial awakening. The dreamer may feel any number of disturbing emotions in a nightmare, such as anger, guilt, sadness or depression, but the most common feelings are fear and anxiety” (1). This explains how much negativity is associated with nightmares. They begin sometime in childhood and usually start lessening around or after 10. But for some people they don’t stop. Some people have them their whole life. Nightmares mainly occur during REM sleep, or rapid eye movement. The REM stages lengthen with each past cycle. But, nightmares don’t usually last very long. Not the whole night, like most people think. Yes, it seems like the dream or nightmare lasts for hours, but think about it. It’s only a small story told in a little amount of time. The mind has multiple dreams or nightmares a night, each one longer...