The dreamer in question had a dream about his wife giving birth to twins, though the sex of each was unknown. The next night was of a dream where the dreamer’s former wife, now deceased, gave birth to forty-eight newborns.
At this time the dreamer’s daughter gave birth early to twins, one boy, one girl.
A Reader's Analysis
The deceased mother had a fond love of children, the more the better, and the daughter, as the dreamer believes, must have thought of this when she gave birth to two children, which would have pleased her deceased mother. The thought is that the daughters thinking somehow transferred into the dreamers dreams.
Though key points of the dream are off from reality, do the dreams still carry some telepathic significance?
Freud points out that technically nothing telepathic is happening at all. Nothing unknown ever happened. The father knew that his daughter was going to give birth, and she did. Had her pregnancy been a mystery to him, the dream would have been more unusual and thus prophetic.
Analyzing the dream alone, we find that the father has a natural interest in his daughter, whom he loves, so regardless of what she bore his dream is not surprising, rather a subconscious desire for his daughter to be more like his second wife.
This dreamer, female, health problems as a child, healthier as an adult, and shy, has a history of odd visions, distortions in reality. Seeing people that aren’t there, to hearing her brother calling “Mother, mother,” even though he was on active service. Her own mother heard the same call. Shortly after he died. There are many other ghostly examples.
The dream is of the dreamer hanging onto a palm tree on a small island surrounded by water. She grasps the palm tree and reaches out towards the water, to a man trying to swim towards her. Upon waking, the dreamer falls out of bed.
For a long time she tried to identify who the man was, thinking it could be a husband, but later discovering it was that of her doctor.
A Reader's Analysis
The dream is of birth. Pulling the man out of the water might mean she wants to be his mother, or that she wants him to make her into a mother. The palm tree is, of course, a phallic symbol, but all of these sexualized themes came about even at an age where birth and all that surrounds it were a mystery to the dreamer. The falling out of bed is a representation of child birth.
Other dreams are analyzed from her first dreams to her current ones, most of which show “tenderness for her father, of contact with his genitals, and of death-wishes against her mother, the outline of the female Oedipus complex is sketched in.” (214)(1)
We have to surmise that even though she eventually recognized the man in the water as her doctor, in the past, as a child, the man must have been her father, and this lead to the dreamer punishing herself when she awakens, falling out of bed, for desiring such a taboo affair with her own father.
This also suggests that her dreams are not as reliable as we’d like them to be, and have been altered along the course of her life, as these things tend to do. It’s possible that her mother was the only person that received the message of her son calling out “Mother, mother,” but the dreamer felt she had to make that assumed telepathic moment her own, since she has hidden rivalries with her mother.
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