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Prometheus: The Gift Of Dreaming Essay

When man was first created they were given gifts by Prometheus. They had received many wonderful things such as the shape of the gods and understanding. There is one special gift that Prometheus did not give man, dreaming. Prometheus wanted to grant man this godly ability, but he could not. Only Hallucinus, god of dreams, could do such a thing. There was only one problem with what Prometheus wanted to do. No one actually knew where to find Hallucinus. Only his father Hypnos, god of sleep, knew where to find him. He went to Hypnos in hopes of being told where to find Hallucinus and explained to him how he wanted to give man the gift of dreaming. Sadly, Prometheus had no such luck. Hypnos said to him “I lost contact with Hallucinus a couple decades ago. I suggest Apollo, those two were always close.” With that Prometheus was off to speak…

Until one night Zeus realized that man was dreaming. This was the very thing that Hallucinus, Apollo, and the Oracle of Delphi feared would happen. Of course, since dreaming was something only the gods were supposed to have the ability to do, just like with Prometheus giving man fire, this did not sit well with Zeus at all. Zeus wanted Hallucinus to make the dreams man had different in some way or else he would take away his throne and torture him in much worse ways than he already did to Prometheus. In order to keep Zeus from taking everything from him, Hallucinus also gave man bad dreams. These bad dreams were named night terrors. They did not occur every night though. As long as man was good and honest to the gods, he would dream of his wildest fantasies. On the other hand, if man did not fulfill his duties to the gods, then Hallucinus would send them their greatest fear in the form of a night terror. This entertained Zeus to some wicked extent. To this day Hallucinus still has his coveted throne and for the mere entertainment of Zeus is why we dream and why we also have night…

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