So I finished the book Looking Backwards by Edward Bellamy. This book is about Julian West, who goes to sleep in 1887, and dreams about waking up in the year 2000. And in this “dream”, he finds himself woken up by Dr. Leete.
Dr. Leete tells him about how in the year 2000, the government is run by socialists. And how everything is equal, how everybody gets equal pay, you only work for about 24 years, there are no poor or rich people, etc.
West spends 1-2 weeks in this “dream”, till he goes to sleep and his valet wakes him up back in the year 1887. So he thinks the year 2000 was just a dream. Back in his old hometown, he walks around and sees the difference of this century and the 21st century, and later goes out with some of his friends. And while they eat, he watches them laughing, having fun, wearing nice clothes, and dining in a decent restaurant. And tells them that they’re misusing their money, while there are people in the streets who are in need of food, money, clothes, etc.
Only spending one day in his old hometown, he goes back to sleep and wakes up back in the year 2000, and this is finally reality. And the dream in 1887 was just a dream.
Now my assignment is to write, which dream is more realistic? When he woke up in the year 2000 for the first time, or the second dream, when he woke up in 1887.
Well, the first dream, when he wakes up in the year 2000, he thinks it’s a dream. I’d think the same, you went to sleep in the year 1887 and woke in 2000, you went to sleep for 113 years, that’s impossible. So instead you think it’s a dream.
Then there’s the second dream, where he wakes up back in 1887. This dream seems more realistic to me, but they’re both pretty unrealistic, but if I had to choose, it’d be the second dream.
In the first dream, he spent so long in this dream that I totally forgot that he was even in a dream. He spent about 2 weeks in this “dream”, other than being told the differences of this century and the 19th century, he even fell in love, and it just made it seem it wasn’t a dream. So I just accepted the truth that he slept for 113 years, mostly cause it’s a fiction book, and anything can happen in a fiction book.
And in the second dream, he slept, woke up, looked around began to see the difference, and went back to sleep, and woke up in 2000. That seems more like a dream to me.
Anyways I hope you liked this essay, I recommend reading the book Looking Backwards by Edward Bellamy, it’s an interesting, but also a silly book. Some parts of the book are not explained well enough, well mostly because this is a utopian socialist book. It’s not my favorite book, but it is fairly interesting.