Shakespearean Somniloquy: Sleep and Transformation in <i>The Tempest</i>

William H. Sherman

in Renaissance Transformations

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638734
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651573 | DOI:
Shakespearean Somniloquy: Sleep and Transformation in The Tempest

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This chapter discusses sleep, specifically in the context of Shakespeare's The Tempest. It states that this play continuously examines the boundaries between dreams and reality, and sleep and wakefulness. The chapter looks at how sleep is also subject to history, and introduces the concepts of ‘first’ and ‘second’ sleep. It reveals that it is during the ‘second’ sleep that people assume a host of activities, such as reflecting on the dreams which came before awakening from their first sleep.

Keywords: sleep; Tempest; first sleep; second sleep; dreams; reality; wakefulness; boundaries

Chapter.  6277 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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