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Roy SwanEnglish 2302Dr. Paul Kintzele6/22/2017The Tale of Two EvilsIn E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Sandman” we see the life story of a mentally disturbed youngman and the struggles that accompany it. Nathaniel becomes obsessed with the imaginarySandman after his mother continually uses the idea to get her children to go to sleep at night.Even after his mother tells him the Sandman is not real Nathaniel’s fixation causes him to devisea plan to figure out the sandman’s identity. The woman who looked after his sister tells him thatthe Sandman is “a wicked man who comes to children, when they won’t go to bed” (2) and fromthis point on the boy becomes even more obsessed.After staying up past bedtime, and sneakinginto the cupboard to get a glimpse of the Sandman, Nathaniel sees his father’s Coppelius andimmediately declares him the Sandman due to his “hideous” features. After an accident leavesNathaniel’s dad dead, he is sure Coppelius is to blame, and this is where the story states he losthis senses. “Coppelius! - cursed devil! You have murdered my father!' I cried, and lost mysenses.” (5)We will venture further into the story later, but to me, this is a critical momentbecause up until now we see no mention of Nathaniel having lost his awareness. Although he hasthese outlandish thoughts of the Sandman nothing leads us to believe that he is mentally