Monthly Archives: January 2013

Merging Reality with Fanstasy

Though, when separate, realism and fantasy are harmless, “The Sandman” shows that unifying the two, whether in a person such as Nathaniel or in practice as in alchemy, leads to the creation of the uncanny.

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Looking Through the Glass

Coppola’s spyglass facilitates a dynamic shift in Nathaneil’s mental stability by blurring the line between the real and the fantastic and leads to his eventual destruction.

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Science inducing Fear

Science, though attempting to answer the unknown and rationalize the nonunderstood, gives life to new fears and reinvigorates suppressed ones, as exemplified by Nathanael’s mental struggle with reemerged childhood fears in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Sandman.

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Maternal Absence

Despite the abundance of active, paternal figures in E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Sandman”, significant, maternal roles are relatively sparse which is indicative of the psychological effects faced by the tale’s characters who are left without this motherly role model.

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Nathaniel’s Breaking Point

In E.T.A. Hoffman’s short story “The Sandman”, Nathaniel jumps off of the tower after looking at Clara through the telescope, but the question of what he saw is never directly answered.  Based on the effect of the telescope on Olympia, the … Continue reading

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An Artificial Origin

In E.T.A Hoffman’s “The Sandman”, Nathaniel’s supposed hallucinations or dreams about Coppelius’s existence are eventually validated by the subsequent narrations thus any piece from Nathaniel’s recollection could just have easily been true which in turn suggests that the unhinging of  … Continue reading

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Nathaniel as an Automaton in E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Sandman”

The status of Nathaniel’s being in E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Sandman” is an issue that is never clarified in the sci-fi tale. While the reader initially assumes that Nathaniel is human, various small plot-points within the novel— such as Coppelius dislocating … Continue reading

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Nathaniel’s Opposing Selves

In E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Sandman,” Hoffman establishes the characters of Olympia and Clara, both of whom Nathaniel is at one point romantically involved, as opposing parallels as a means to highlight the contrast between the studious and scientific Nathaniel, supported … Continue reading

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Thesis Statements on “The Sandman” – Starting Out

  What question does E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Sandman” not answer adequately or not at all? What weird thought or confusing moment still sticks in your mind? Choose an idea that someone could argue against, picture that conversation, and give … Continue reading

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A Body That Stimulates Survival of Species

The ideal body, regardless of human status, must adhere to several general attributes. Ideally, a body would possess the necessary structures and abilities that are required to procreate or else the body’s existence would be soon extinguished as is the … Continue reading

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