The meaning of Duty in dream | Dream interpretation
To feel bound by duty in a dream may be a reflection of the dreamer’s past experiences in the military. If, however, the dreamer is overly concerned with duty in their dreams, perhaps compulsive behavior or control issues are posing problems.
A literal reminder
If some course of action presents itself in a dream as a duty, be careful how to react.
(1) It may be a true inner voice telling you what you must do in order to stay in tune - or to get in tune - with your ‘destiny’ (what Indians call ‘dharma\ a word which means both ‘destiny5 and ‘duty5).
(2) It may be a pontification from an over-developed super-ego, reflecting either irrational fears or guilt-feelings stemming from traumatic childhood experiences, or conventional notions of right and wrong instilled into you by parents or accepted from other people unconsciously or in an anxious effort to conform. In the former case there will invariably be something compulsive in your behaviour, something that will indicate that what is controlling your life is not reason but (unconscious) emotion. In the latter case consider: no one and nothing has any authority over you unless you give them it; you alone are responsible for your decisions and values; and your essential duty is to your inner self.