Wednesday, 25 December 2013

What Destiny Says To The Churches

Well, Destiny does not address only the churches but I thought that it was appropriate to echo the Apocalypse where "...the Spirit says to the churches..." John Milton invoked that Spirit when writing Paradise Lost. In Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, we see not only Lucifer fallen and Eve in a cave but also Destiny and Homer's muse, Calliope.

CS Lewis argued that:

Homer wrote primary epics about life in the heroic age;
Virgil wrote a secondary epic about a historical turning point - Rome;
Milton, applying Classical form to Biblical content, wrote an ultimate epic about the history of everything from before Genesis to after the Apocalypse.

The Sandman, combining words with pictures, mythologies with cosmology and the historical with the contemporary, presents a vaster perspective than Milton's: a billion years have passed; we see Loki, Kali and Bast.

Destiny addresses the reader in the Introduction to The Sandman: The Doll's House (New York, 1995). Summarizing the story so far, he adds some new information:

Burgess was able to capture Morpheus only because the latter had already been "...tried almost beyond endurance." (p. 8);
the scandal that hit the OAM was caused by legal action brought by children of an elderly woman who had left her money to the Order;
Morpheus created his Ruby when the Earth was still cooling but was dreaming.

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