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The human imagination is a very powerful thing It sets humanity apart from the rest of the creatures that roam the planet by giving them the ability to make creative choices The imaginary world is unavoidably intertwined with the real world and there are many ways by which to illustrate this through literature either realistically or exaggerated Almost everything people surround themselves with is based on the unreal Everything from the food we eat to the books we read had to have been thought of by someone and their imagination The imagination empowers humans1 It allows people to speculate or to see into the future It allows artists to create inventors to invent and even scientists and mathematicians to solve problems JR Tolken wrote Lord of the Rings by sitting in his backyard and imagining everything coming to life2 He thought about all the what if possibilities But this method of storytelling can be used in much more subtle andor sophisticated ways than in science fiction or fantasy novels Through such works as the short story Dreams and the novel Headhunter by Timothy Findley the film the Matrix and the short story the Telltale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe one can see how a writer can use the concept of the imaginary invading reality to write their story In Dreams by Timothy Findley the main characters two married psychiatrists named the doctors Marlo have a fairly normal marriage But they are both dealing with professional cases that are invading their personal lives Mrs Marlo specializes in autistic children One case she is working on is that of a little boy who wont talk eat or sleep She grows attached to this child and thinks of him as almost her own son Meanwhile Everett Marlo her husband is plagued by nightmares caused by one of his more puzzling cases which results in insomnia He begins to share his patients nightmares and dreams that he is looking
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