What novels, films or quotes reinforce the idea that 'People often need to grasp onto delusions in order to manage with reality'?

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card addresses the theme of illusion versus reality perfectly.  In the novel, the military train Ender, a young gifted boy, using all sorts of strategy games and battle simulations;  the government is desperate to cultivate a master-mind commander who can take control of their space fleet to defeat these space bugs that plan to annhilate Earth.  They choose Ender as their front-runner, because he is compassionate enough to identify with the enemy, but at the same time, he is so compassionate that he does not really want to wipe out an entire species. 

Ultimately, the military trainers lead Ender to believe that he is still practicing battle simulations against the aliens, when in reality he is actually leading the real fleet of starships.  The commanders give him the illusion of playing video games, because they understand that he would be unable to carry out their plan of extermination for the aliens because of his compassionate nature.

etotheeyepi | Student

Maybe anything by Tennesee Williams, A Street Car Named Desire, Camino Real.

Death of a Salesman, The Crusible by Arthur Miller

The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill

Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and Lear by Shakespeare

Don Quixote by Cervantes

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Hamid

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Kundera

Zorba the Greek by Kazantzakis

Terror in the Name of God by Stein

In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Burnham

The Three Faces of Eve by Thigpen and Cleckley

Psycho by Hitchcock

"In the opinion of the chair the ayes have it."