The Sleepwalkers Setting & Symbolism

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Iron Cross

The Iron Cross is a medal awarded by the German military to its heroes. Joachim's Uncle Bernhard had one, and the medal was in his family's home, occupying a place of honor. Joachim revered it, and somewhere in his military experience, he earns one that he wears around his neck while as Town Commandant of Moselle. During times of stress, the old man touches the ribbon holding the medal around his neck, and this comforts him.

Pasenow Family Estate

This is a huge land holding for the Van Pasenow family, ruled by Joachim's father with an strong hand. Helmuth was in line to take over the estate, but his untimely death in a duel prevents this, and the management falls to Joachim. The estate represents the connection to the Fatherland and to the aristocracy. Joachim is prevented from marrying Ruzena because of this class difference, and...

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