Row, Row, Row your boatThere can be cases where someone is (or could be) within a dream, a synthetic reality, or virtual reality. (For simplicity, I'll refer to all of these as "a dream") Now, there are several scenarios: 1. They are made to believe that the world of the dream is actual reality. 2. They discover the world is not actual reality and are trying to convince people of it. 3. They were convinced they were in the dream world, but either never were or are not now out of it and don't know this. 4. They wanted to be in a dream. In all of these, the person can be manipulated by others, or they can take advantage of the environment to manipulate it. If they're in a dream world on a permanent or semi-permanent basis, they can essentially be turned into a slave for whomever is running the place. If they're put into a dream world, someone can monitor them and find their real world secrets or anything or value they would have access to. If they're made to think they're in a dream world when they are not, they may do things that have catastrophic, disastrous or fatal consequences. If they go into a dream and are there when they try things, they can do things that do have catastrophic, disastrous or fatal consequences in the real world without having to suffer those consequences. Let's look at all of these. 1. Placed into a dream. The person is in some sort of environment which is not reality, they're asleep and dreaming, they're a brain or body in a tank, they're jacked in to a virtual reality system, or they're Inside a Computer System and don't really have a body. So, they take the world around them as if it was real. 2. Trying to convince others they're in a dream. Someone either was involved in the dream, or discovered it, and they're trying to convince someone else that the reality around them isn't real. 3. Believes that the real world is actually a dream when either it never was or was but isn't now. They were in a dream world, or someone synthesized some events to make them think the world is in is not the real world. Then, either they're brought out of the dream without knowing they've been brought out, or they never were in a dream world to begin with. 4. Wanted to be in a dream. They bought or were given some sort of privilege of experiencing a dream world, and are actually in it. Can also apply to someone who discovers that they were put into or are in a dream (scenario 1 above), and like the way things are over the real world. Now, one of the things that get played with in the trope are, how do you get out of the dream (if you can), and what happens if you die. If you're really in a dream, you might not be able to get out (such as if you don't have a body and you're Inside a Computer System). Or it might require huge resources to do so, or require someone outside of the dream to pull you out. And if you die, you might die for real in the real world, or you simply wake up. That, of course, brings up a whole new issue: if you are informed that you're in a dream and do want out, and you find out you have to kill yourself to get out, then you have to wonder: is it really a dream and they're allowing you to escape, or are they simply pulling a Mind Screw to get you to commit suicide? There can also be scenarios where someone is trying to invert the situation, like prevent someone from finding out they are in a dream world, stop them from informing others, or informing them for the purpose of manipulating them either within the dream world or in the real world.
Gently down the stream
Merrily, Merrily, Merily, Merily
Life Is But A Dream
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