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Four Experts Try to Get Inside Readers' Heads
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Date: Oct 29, 2006
Start Page: M.4
Section: SUNDAY SOURCE

3) I am back at Sea World and deliberately avoiding the Shamu show, but [Shamu] hoists himself out of the tank and comes toward me. This time tourists are running around me, shrieking that Shamu will suck the fluid out of our kneecaps if he catches us.

[Deirdre Barrett]: I love this dream! Some dreams -- like being unprepared for a test -- remind us how similar we are. Others sound like they couldn't have originated in any other psyche on the planet. I'd like to know how you feel about killer whales in general or Shamu in particular. Is the term "killer" dominant? Are they evil, frightening creatures? Or do you think of the whale as intelligent, mysterious or something else? Is anything in your waking life out to get you? Knees may have metaphoric meaning, but I'd also want to make sure you didn't have some vague pain in your real knees you've been ignoring.

[Bernard Welt]: Freud says some dreams throw bizarre elements around as if to insist upon the absurdity of the situation and thus ridicule the underlying wish and rob it of its intensity. This dream contains many strange details that distract from some unifying themes. The test-pilot situation, gliding, "dead monarchs," astrolabe and Palookaville all suggest anxieties and insecurities, possibilities of failure, clinging to the past -- especially when you consider that "[Denis Leary]" may be a pun, as I find names in dreams often are. "Cockatoo" and "astrolabe" are puns, too, but perhaps we won't go into that right now.

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