Lesson 1 (from The Call of Cthulhu and The Haunter of the Dark by H. P. Lovecraft)
Dreams and nightmares play a large part in The Call of Cthulhu. The documents located by Thurston discuss the dreams and nightmares of people from all over the world, people that could not be connected in anyway except through the statuette. Examine the use of dreams, the importance of them and how they relate to the main characters such as the artists and poets.
1. The statuette of Cthulhu supposedly affects creative and sensitive people through their dreams, often causing people to have violent nightmares. Examine the use of dreams in the story. How do dreams affect the story? How do they affect the main characters? Are the dreams simply frightening or are they prophetic? How do the characters react? Are all dreams brought by the Cthulhu? Explain.
2. Nightmares are a part of dreaming and often play an important role in the story. Discuss nightmares and...
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