Types of antique dream in Anna Karenina

Nino Devidze, Eka Devidze


The article deals with the analysis of dreams as a literary device in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Since antique literature, a dreamas a literary device has passed its way of metamorphoses and has undergone different stages of development. There aremany cases in post- antique literature that show some resemblance with the antique dream patterns. Among them is Lev Tolstoy’sAnna Karenina, where some parallels of antique literary dream can be drawn, such as: a wish fulfillment dream, an allegorydream, a prophecy dream, a dream which is simultaneously dreamt by two different characters of the novel and has oneand the same content. Besides, according to the article, the function of the dreams has also changed and it became orientedon expressing the main character’s inner world and psychology.


antique dream, study of dream, types of dream

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