The film The Sandman follows the story of Morpheus, the king of Dreams, who needs to walk the sleeping world in search of what he lost due to a century-long captivity. His principal problem is the useless machines he has kept for life. When he finds out that John Dee, a fanatic who wants to transform the world with his Dreamstone ruby, was using his tools, his fears about misuse become reality. Morpheus finally gets his powers back from ruby. But what’s the matter with John? Does he die? Heres what you should know. SPOILERS Ahead
Is John Dee dead?
John Dee is dead in The Sandman, yes. John, son of Richard Burgess and Ethel Cripps, grew up in his vicinity with Dreams ruby. Before coming away from Burgess, Ethel stole Dreams helm, pouch, and ruby, which Burgess had stolen from Morpheus after stealing him by mistake. Ethel believed that these items would protect her safety and the safety of her son.
Ethel sold the bag to secure a safe passage out of England. The pouch eventually became the possession of Mary Constantine. Because Ethel knew that Burgess was an ingenious woman who could seek her out and that the world wasn’t a safe place for young women with a child, she decided to make the Dreams Helm a venom from the Hell for the Amulet of Protection. The amulet is a wise investment – it protects her from all dangers, including The Corinthian.
Ethel keeps Dreams ruby, but John becomes fascinated with it and eventually steals it. He tweaks it until he can’t use it anymore. John hopes to use the power of the ruby to make the world better and easier in his own way. The experiment is shown in a dusk. He’s a heavy force for everyone to be open about everything. Every six diners receive death.
The use of the ruby by John is devastating to the world as it increases the dangers of chaos and destruction. Morpheus eventually tracks John and attempts to get the ruby back. By then, Johns powers have increased so much that he finds his way to a Morpheus palace, in the Dreaming. He wanted to kill Dream and take the ruby for himself, so he could do anything he wants to do. Between them, he misinterprets rubys inconsolable belief that destroying it won’t destroy Dream but that he also believes that destroying it will also destroy the Dream. He was reprimanded when the destruction of the ruby led to the release of Dreams Power trapped inside it.
With all of his power coming back to him, Morpheus doesn’t require much time to bring John to his knees. If he sees Dream as one way or another, the villain’s misjudged perception is fixed. John quickly realizes this isn’t a creature that mortals can defeat. Dream remembers how much power he has placed in the ruby. This is going to remind him of this lesson and makes clear that he won’t do it again. He couldn’t think that another of his goods could be used or even understood by a mortal.
Dreams view John as innocent, no matter what happened. He knows that John isn’t the one who stole his ruby, so that none of the things that happened after that was not his fault. He has no desire to punish him, but he cannot allow him to bring his own experience back in the world. John is already mentally very fragile, especially after the loss of his mother and ruby, which were his only constants. Dream means him in eternal sleep, where he’s not dead a day, but sleeps till he dies. He can have all his life and any world, whereas dream allows him to be fully sleepy.