The Sandman Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does Madoc tell Oneiros he can't release Calliope, and how does Oneiros respond?

Madoc tells Oneiros that he cannot release Calliope because he needs Calliope for all the ideas she gives him. He offers Oneiros money, but Oneiros cuts him off, berating Madoc for his treatment of Calliope, who has been an abused captive for six decades for the sake of "ideas."

2. What does Madoc accuse Calliope of doing to him, and how does she respond?

Madoc tells Calliope that he had a nightmare and accuses her of causing it. She denies it, saying that Oneiros, the shaper of form and her former lover, has visited Madoc.

3. What happens to Madoc while he is at a newsstand?

While Madoc is at a newsstand, he is overcome with ideas for stories such as a story set at a party, while the world outside is destroyed, and critics who are Satanists. He imagines streets made of time, silent women on a train, and a goldfish that is a werewolf. The ideas overwhelm him, and he convulses on the ground.

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