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The fantastic is not a specific entity, but an examination of the unity of consciousness and unconsciousness. It questions the very thin pane separating dreams and perceptions, while exploring the supernatural and natural sensations of life. In short, a story of the fantastic leaves the audience wondering if the human mind will ever be able to comprehend the ambiguity separating emotions stemming from dreams, and those from reality. In Gautier’s “the Coffee Pot”, Angéla, who dances with Théodore through the night, died two years ago, but was she really there as a ghost or spiritual entity? Was he and is he still in love with her? Did emotion just transcend his dreams into the current reality? The thoughts evoked by the dream have clearly not departed, but the spectators speculating whether it has remained enough to influence
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Unformatted text preview: him. In Gautier’s “the Mummy’s foot” Princess Hermonthis surmounts the separation of reality, leaving the protagonist and general population perplexed with essence of reality. In Nodier’s “Smarra,” although more muddled, mystifies members of the audience, with the question are we ever truly not dreaming? As the narrative incessantly slips perception, we never truly know what the dream is and what reality remains. Do we say the end and beginning are realities and the middle was just the reveries of a guilty man? Or was the man caught in the horrid tales dreaming of the life with a bride… Questions, not answers, are what the fantastic provides....
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2010 for the course ANTHRO 02303 taught by Professor Deacon during the Spring '09 term at Berkeley.

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