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First of all, in the book The Song of Kahunsha, we see Chamdi, a ten-year street child in Bombay, India, where he suffers very much from religious chaos, starvation, poverty and violence. Life is really hard, the sky above is dark, you can see the tears. However, as he struggles hard to say alive, he never loses the ability to dream. He entertains an idyllic fantasy of what the city is like, where "children play cricket in the street with a red rubber ball and even if the batsman hits the ball hard, sends it crashing into a windowpane and the glass breaks, no one gets angry. The glass mends itself in a few seconds, and the game resumes." (Irani 11) Just like this, a city withous dadnedd No matter how dark, dismal and desolate his circumstances appear to be, he needs to only close his eyes and dream of the beautiful Kahunsha, and he will be able to smile. It is his dreams and beliefs which lift his heart and give him. Everyone needs a dream to hold on to. As long as you don't stop dreaming and believing, there is no difficulty you can't go through.
After the night of magic in the forest, both the lovers and Bottom describe what happened to them as a dream, because they wouldn't otherwise be able to understand the magical and irrational things that they remember happening to them. By calling it as a dream, they allow those experiences to exist as they are, without needing for any explanations, so that the love problems are solved and they all remain happy. As Puck says at the end of the play: " this weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream, Gentles, do not reprehend. If you pardon, we will mend." (Shakespeare 83) The actual truth of the event doesn't really matter, so long as you believe in it. Without thinking too hard but take it simply as a dream, the audiences will be able enjoy the fantastic play with relaxation. Dare to dream and your dream will come true, or at least you will have fun and enjoy life.
We also have read a poem called dreams,"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field, frozen with snow." (Langston Hughes 89) From the metaphors of this poem, we are shown a vivid image how life would be like without dreams, which is empty, lifeless, and dismal. What the author is tell is to hold fast to out dream, and life would become full of joy as it is shown here.
You can see the big differences between the 2 parts of the pictures, and that's the power of dreams. Even in our darkest time, dreams can always give us hope, courage, happiness, and motivations to the future. Don't ever give up dreaming and believing. Let dreams blossom, and life will become a better one.
I. The Song of Kahunsha by Anosh Irani (independent novel)
"children play cricket in the street with a red rubber ball and even if the batsman hits the ball hard, sends it crashing into a windowpane and the glass breaks, no one gets angry. The glass mends itself in a few seconds, and the game resumes." (Irani 11)
II. A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare
" And this weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream, Gentles, do not reprehend. If you pardon, we will mend." (Shakespeare 83)
III. Dreams by Langston Hughes:
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field, frozen with snow." (Langston Hughes 89)
I painted 2 pictures to represent my essay. I think it's the most creative and suitable way to reflect my topic, the importance of dreams.
On the first picture, I draw a face of a child, who is the main character of my independent novel. I divided the picture into 2 parts. The left side is the reality world in Bombay, where the child suffers very much. The house represent he has no house to gain warm, the book represent he couldn't afford school, the plate and fork represent starvation, and the gun and blood represent chaos and violence. There are tears in his left side eye. The colors I use are all dark and cold, which shows the sadness. The right side shows the idyllic fantasy the child creates with his imaginative dream. Skyscrips, blue sky, children running and playing, flowers blooming.