The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin Essay

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Sometimes your dreams seem better than reality; sometimes they can be worse than your nightmares. In Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Lathe of Heaven, we follow the character George Orr as his dreams alter the reality of his dystopian world. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. After an attempt to control his subconscious with drugs, George Orr is forced to attend sessions of psychotherapy with a man named Dr. Haber, the antagonist of the story. He discovers Orr’s ability to dream a new reality and tries to use the power for the greater good of Earth by manipulating Orr’s dreams with an “Augmentor”. As the new reality begins taking shape throughout the story, the dreams rapidly become more destructive. George also hires an…show more content…
Sometimes your dreams seem better than reality; sometimes they can be worse than your nightmares. In Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Lathe of Heaven, we follow the character George Orr as his dreams alter the reality of his dystopian world. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. After an attempt to control his subconscious with drugs, George Orr is forced to attend sessions of psychotherapy with a man named Dr. Haber, the antagonist of the story. He discovers Orr’s ability to dream a new reality and tries to use the power for the greater good of Earth by manipulating Orr’s dreams with an “Augmentor”. As the new reality begins taking shape throughout the story, the dreams rapidly become more destructive. George also hires an African American lawyer named Heather Lelache (whom he eventually falls in love with,) to protect himself from Haber. By the end, Dr. Haber is overcome with his power to manipulate George Orr and his terrible reign is ended. Although Haber was ultimately corrupted by power, his intentions were good in nature to begin with, even if they went awry. For example, after his discovery of George’s ability, Dr. Haber uses the Augmentor to make George dream an un-overpopulated Earth. After the dream, Dr. Haber says, observing the current world, “ ‘There is no overpopulation now. Was there any other solution, besides nuclear war? There is now no perpetual famine in South America, Africa, and Asia. When transport channels are fully restored, there
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