To a person living through a nightmare, a dream has two consequences. The first, the most obvious, is that it can be a hook which your hope and will can hang upon during times of impenetrable darkness and great suffering. The second is that the dream will serve as a contrast to the reality of your situation. The more perfect, powerful and idyllic the dream is, the more it illustrates the reality you occupy.
To a man or woman in the most desperate of conditions, a dream is both a blessing and a burden. To dream can help you survive, or it can be the death of you. A dream can be something beautiful and invigorating, or it can be a plague, an instrument of terror that slowly and surely sucks the life from your body, mind and soul.