Themes Of Dreams In John Anderson's 'Incidents At The Shrine'

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Okri has logic in his fictions. He describes his fiction as obeying a kind of ‘dream logic’, and states that his fiction is often preoccupied with the “philosophical conundrum… what is reality?” He writes:
“We like to think that the world is rational and precise and exactly how we see it, but something erupts in our reality which makes us sense that there’s more to the fabric of life. I’m fascinated by the mysterious elements that run through our lives. Everyone is looking out of the world through their emotion and history. Nobody has an absolute reality.”
Okri does not attribute reality to a spiritual world. His short fiction has been described as more realistic and less fantastic than his novels, but these stories also depict Africans in
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Okri describes both in his writing. Dreams are interconnected with magical realism and in Okri’s work it is necessary to depict dreams as an imagination and these imaginations are pervasive in his works. In the story ‘Incidents at the Shrine’ dream of the protagonist, Anderson, is depicted so nicely and logically that a reader feels two situations at a same time. First, he feels that he himself is in a grave and all activities or incidents are happening with him. And second is that he realizes that he is writing about an imaginary story which is depicted under the values of magical …show more content…
In the last story, ‘The Dream-vendor’s August’ Okri has explained myths of African in such a nice way that a reader feels that he himself is a character of the story and is doing his role as hero. The protagonist, Joe is representing the myths related to Nigeria. He dreamed and next day found that his dream was not just a dream but a type of rest so that Joe predicted about dreams and got fame in African writer. The dream-vendor of the title is not vending real dreams. He is vending the ways through which people can approach their dreams.
5.3 Dreams; the beauty of his work A writer has some unique features which distinguish him from the other African writers. We can hardly find any of his work without dreams. He cradled dreams to define the picture of African society. His dreams consist of such realities that are inevitable and not regarded by the modern society. Dreams weave their way through all of Ben Okri’s richly evocative works. His career, too, has been something of a dram, as winner of the Booker Prize for fiction for The Famished Road, a Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and a Premio Palmi award.
For Okri, the writer is as much a dreamer as an observer. He has beautified his stories with dreams. After reading all of these stores it is quite amazing that either he writes about normal people or spirits. He uses dreams to make his story

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