The Sandman Discussion Questions
1. Are Coppola and Coppelius the same person, or is Nathaniel holding onto the idea of
The Sandman to justify his dislike of Coppola?
2. Did Nathaniel really believe that his father and Coppelius were doing wi
Mathilda reading notes
My fate has been governed by a necessity, a hideous necessity.
She is condemning the Romantic ideal of the "genius," the unique male figure who
stands outside of the common rules of society by saying that her fa
The Thorn Notes
It looks so young, / It looks so old and grey.
Personifying the bush as an old, withered, aged thing.
A melancholy crop
They all had joined in one endeavor / To bury this poor thorn for ever.
Where oft the stormy winter gale
Lenora represents the amiable virtues while Cecilia represents the respectable
Lenora was proud, Cecilia was vain, Lenora was the most anxious to avoid what was wrong,
Cecilia the most ambitious to do what was right.
Cecilia does not realize