Bag of Ass wrote:I interpreted it differently. I saw that, yes, he helped Delerium because he had changed. And he helped Orpheus because he changed, but also because of his sense of honor. That has never wavered. I'll agree with you that Morpheus's newfound sensitivity led to his death, but I think (and I think Morpheus thought) that that was good for Dream of the Endless.
Sense of honor my ass, he left him as a disembodied head for thousands of years. If he was going to help him out of a sense of honor, he would have done so sometime in prehistory. However, he didn't, because, as he was very fond of saying, "there are rules." One does not spill family blood.
There's an interview with Neil somewhere that backs this up, and I wish I could remember what it was in.
And yes, I think it was also good that he grew and changed. That's the point of character growth.
Are you trying to say that Death is not sensitive and that she does a good job, or that she is sensitive and does a bad job?
I'm saying that she's not sensitive because the constraints of her job demand it. Remember in The Sound of Her Wings, when the child died? That was not a sensitive thing to do.
I am saying that she is sensitive and does a good job. While her job is to take people when they die, which can be performed without sensitivity, what makes her good at her job is that she cares about people and makes them feel pretty good about crossing over.
Why shouldn't she? She knows that they're going where they want to go. That deosn't require sensitivity, it requires pragmatism, which is the fundamental characteristic of Gaiman's Death.
Death also occasionally influenced things outside of her realm and otherwise went against her nature. Hob Gadling, for example, or the whole thing about living one day as a mortal every hundred years in The High Cost of Living.
Hob Gadling was out of a perverse sense of humor. I wouldn't call that sensitive at all. Liveing a day as a mortal was not something that was against the rules; I would in fact guess that it is a rule for Death, and not a desire.