A study of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, particularly "The Sound of Her Wings" and "The Kindly Ones: Part 13," demonstrates its theological richness. The Sandman's ability to participate in theodicy becomes clear by framing that study within a framework provided by Ernest Becker's ideas about the terror of death and Karen Armstrong's observations of the historical utility of negative theology and compassion. The analysis of the formal characteristics of The Sandman shows the range of aesthetic possibility inherent in the comics form. Lastly, the study makes apparent the continued readerly desire for engagement with questions about God, transcendence, death, and evil.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Mallard, Jack K., "Death Becomes Her: Theodicy in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman" (2011). All Theses and Dissertations. 2772.
The Sandman, Neil Gaiman, Ernest Becker, Karen Armstrong, death, theodicy