Interested in Language
"But, of course, I am already being killed, by one of natureís most common blunders. And these blunt fears are easily deconstructed as a form of denial: if Iím stuck alive in my coffin, well, that will in some sense override the final fact of my death, no? I can see these dread-filled fantasies as the wishes they are: that I really can stay in this body I love; that my consciousness really will run on past my death; that I wonít just Ö die."
This is a part of an essay titled "A Matter of Life and Death" by an American writer named Marjorie Williams.
I cannot easily see the structure of the sentence
"I can see these dread-filled fantasies as the wishes they are"
especially the part of "the wishes they are".
Am I right in comprehending it as "see A as B" pattern as in "He didn't see me as a woman"?
Then why is "the wishes" followed by "they are"
Is the sentence grammatical? And what's the exact meaning of it?
Please help me. Thank you.