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Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann's The Magic *****

Madame Claudia Chauchat's point of view of her ailment—"no delicate child ***** life," is she!

Thomas Mann as a novelist is uniquely gifted in his *****bility to convey philosophical insight through the deployment of a different characters' specific perspective in the context of a *****wn, family or hospital community—even ***** ailment afflicting the hospital community itself, in ***** case of The ***** Mounta*****. Even when the character in question, such as Claudia Chauchat, herself lacks a level of profound self-knowledge and insight, because of her location in the particular community of the sanatorium in question at the heart of the novel, the reader is still capable of being upon the receiving end of ***** insights ***** the contr*****ting nature of health and illness from ***** point of view. "We don't have much time in life," exclaims the main protagonist at ***** onset ***** the novel, but only Claudia, of all ***** the residents of The Magic *****in, really lives t***** truth. (7)

***** entire community, health and sick, of The Magic Mountain are afflicted by one ***** or anot*****, some physical, other mental. The physically sick, such as Chauchat, are suffering from tuberculosis. However, there are also those who are *****ly sick but physically well like Hans. The contrasting point ***** views of view ***** health ***** ***** in a ***** of illness are deployed skillfully ***** ***** to add additional texture ***** what could be otherwise a rather mundane collective memoir of *****, or a rather mundane metaph***** of the human condition ***** illness, particularly that of an ailment so common to the 19th century era during which the author wrote. In fact, ***** th***** giving the quality of the ailment of tuberculosis a singular character, Mann is striking in h***** ability ***** give a k*****d of multidimensional ***** to ***** ailment itself, by showing the illness' progression in a multiple of physic*****l bodies and through the point of view of ***** physical characters. Tuberculosis, buy the end of the tale, has a three-dimensional characterization on par with ***** dramatic pers*****ages of the novel. For instance, the suffering of Claudia ***** and her perspective on her body and illness is entirely different ***** distinct than that of Hans Cas*****rp, the rat***** weak willed and milksop main ***** of The ***** Mountain. Consumption is not just a *****or for death ***** *****drawal ***** life, it can imbue one's perspective and point ***** ***** with a hedonistic and feverish intensity, as it does Chauchat, or illness can *****, in the ***** of *****, provide an excuse for ***** withdrawal of an already death-driven and life-avoiding character.

Thus ***** the perspective or narrative ***** ***** view of Hans Castorp is contrasted with the hedonistic, married woman Claudia *****, ***** metaphor of ***** merely as an example of something that afflicts the body or ***** mind becomes something much deeper—it becomes a met*****phor for the outsider *****, an individual whom is estr*****ged from life, and an

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