Dream Variations Discussion Questions

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Research the different ways that dreams are used and understood in different cultures. For example, find out how dreaming is viewed in the Australian aboriginal tradition, in ancient African myths and legends, and in modern Western theories of psychoanalysis. What do these various approaches to understanding dreams have in common?

Try to find examples in Western literature where "blackness" has been used to stand for negative, sinister, or depraved and evil qualities and where "whiteness" has been looked upon as implying purity, innocence, and goodness.

Examine how the "American dream" has been depicted in American literature. Is there a difference between how the idea has been expressed by white writers and black writers?

Explore how the black nationalism movement has evolved since the 1920s.

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