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Who can alter the world of a dream? Everyone being included in the dream or only the actual "dreamer"?

In the initial "demonstration"-dream of Cobb and Ariadne she can bend the streets even though she is NOT the actual dreamer (it's Cobb's dream, right?).

Another question above though says that Arthur can change the never-ending staircase because he is the dreamer...but apparently everyone can change the world of a dream...

1.Only the dreamer, and that is what attracts attention to him/her.
2.It's Ariadne's dream, which is why it's filled with Cobb's subconscious.
3.Anyone can bring projections of their subconcious, as Cobb continually does, but that is different than changing a dream at will.

Anon_202 asked the question 2010-08-08 22:21:25 UTC view / hide
Wah Joon Hong commented 2010-08-09 07:01:28 UTC
at the hotel, only arthur was real. the rest were projections
Anon_293 commented 2010-08-09 09:52:28 UTC
But there isnt only 1 subconscious, right? Everyone participating in a dream adds his/her set of subconscious-agents. For example, Fischers troops are in all levels, even though someone else is the dreamer.
So, bottom line: Everyone can alter a dream, everyone adds its subconscious-agents to the dream-world. The ones altering a dream draw attention of the other participant's agents to oneself. And the eventually got kicked out.
Phew, I think now I got it somehow ;-)

The only "important" task that differentiates the dreamer from the rest is keeping the dream-world up and running, right?
Federico Rojas provided an answer 2010-08-09 11:32:04 UTC view / hide
mtaylor808 commented 2010-12-24 23:25:37 UTC
Fischer is the mark. He is supposed to have the troops and the only reason Cobb has agents in the dreams is because Mal is taking him over the deeper they go.
mtaylor808 improved the answer 2010-12-25 04:22:42 UTC view / hide
Steven Parry improved the question 2011-10-04 23:15:36 UTC view / hide
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