Description from Fansided: The Sandman is easily one of the most beloved graphic novels of all time. It revolves around Morpheus, the anthropomorphic personification of Dreams. Throughout history, myth, and legend, the character has gone by many names, including Kai’ckul, Oneiros, Sandman and simply Dream. We follow him as he serves his purpose as one of the Endless, a dysfunctional family of siblings who each preside over a different part of the human condition, and came into being the moment they were first experienced. Besides Dream, the members of the Endless include Death, Destiny, Delirium (formerly Delight), Desire, Despair and Destruction.
Now that that’s over with, here are some discussion questions!
Why do you think Morpheus refused to grant his captors immortality in exchange for his freedom?
There are a few other DC characters shown and referenced to within the comics. Why do you think Neil Gaiman decided to have more popular characters in his creation’s debut series?
In the first issues, there are several time skips. Why do you think it took so long for Morpheus to get free? What do you think is the relevance of the times shown before Morpheus was released?
Why do you think Morpheus is called Sandman when he’s so different from Wesley Dodds and has no relation to sand?
Why do you think Neil Gaiman chose an already-established character from Greek mythology to be the star of his series?
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First of all, I don’t think that’s his power, anymore than Death could make someone stop dreaming. Second of all… In the immortal words of Delivery Doug, “… That’s the end of that sentence.”
Well, it’s kind of like Clark Gregg said about Jaimie Alexander guest-starring towards the end of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1: Before then, they had just been doggy-paddling. I think that having these guest stars helped get the series green-lit and commercially successful, and then with book two, Gaiman took a hard right. If reception to The Doll’s House had been more negative, Gaiman easily could’ve shoehorned more DC characters in future, but instead, found he had some flexibility.
I haven’t the faintest idea, although I suppose WWI factors into it somehow.
Because… You know… The Sandman… “He’s a fairy story, Hettie.”
Well, I think he set out to tell a story about dreams, and came across, among others, the Sandman, Morpheus, and Kai’ckul. And in a way, I think he probably liked having all these extra personas that could inform our preconceptions about the character, and then he could toy with our expectations.