The Dreamer is a fictional tale based on the life of Pablo Neruda (originally Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto), a revered Chilean poet.
In short, “the dreamer” is Neftali, who is lost in a maze of thoughts. Since childhood, Neftali has wanted to pursue his poetry dream, but his domineering father objects to it. Neftali is intrigued by fantasy and uses his great imagination to escape reality. He explores nature to beat loneliness and illnesses, and to eschew his father’s wrath. The father does not want to tolerate Neftali's behavior, and he occasionally uses epithets to berate Neftali for his (Neftali's) absentmindedness. Throughout the text, Neftali is bullied by his own father, his brother, and a schoolmate. As he grows up, Neftali receives much inspiration from his uncle, a progressive journalist. Despite his father’s disapproval, Neftali manages to pursue his dream and finds happiness.