Friday, 7 October 2016
The Old Man is clearly Death.
"There was no need for an image of the Crone, of course - She was present everywhere, ubiquitous as shadow, for wherever life went, there Death was also."
-SM Stirling, On The Oceans Of Eternity (New York, 2000), Chapter Four, p. 64.
This is even more explicit. Here, Death is a crone, an old woman.
In John Milton's Paradise Lost, Death is a shapeless monster begotten by Satan on personified Sin whereas, in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, Death is a young beautiful woman who defines her opposite, Life. See here.
So which do you prefer? -
I am with Gaiman.