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Matheson's version in Dreams

Thus, the ghost with the hateful lizard only becomes a Solid Person when he allows the lizard to be killed (Lewis 104-105).

In Divorce, it becomes clear in the discussion between the Big Man Ghost and Len that success in Heaven requires giving up entirely the person you were on Earth (Lewis 24-29). The Big Man complains that he should not have to share the after-life with Len, a murderer. But although Len tries to explain to him that letting go is how one moves forward, the Big Man's sense of power and self-worth in life came from being "better" than Len and his other employees. He cannot now accept that they will all be equal in the after-life and he "was almost happy now" that he could prove his superiority by refusing to live in an after-life as an equal with Len (Lewis 29).

Similarly, the Bishop will not accept a Heaven in which he actually receives answers for his intellectual inquiries (Lewis 38). His pride in life was his intellectualism Ż his cleverness at asking questions he believed could never be answered. He cannot accept now a place where he actually receives those answers and so he goes back to Hell where he can deliver a paper on what might have happened had Christ not been crucified rather than enter Heaven and perhaps get the answer (Lewis 40).

The importance of not revealing the look on the Narrator's face on the bus becomes significant when it is revealed at the end of Divorce that the Narrator has dreamed this incident. His dream, however, seems to be more of a vision of what really is. Lewis may have chosen not to show the Narrator's face on the bus because whether he has a face of possibility or impossibility will depend on how he acts in his life after having the dream. In this way, Divorce suggests the importance of our minds that is central to Dreams. In Dreams Chris believes that he is dreaming his death. But here, too, the dream is real. He begs to be released from "this black, unending nigh...

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