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Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann's The Magic *****

***** Claudia Chauchat's point of view ***** her ailment—"no delicate child of 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 the 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 ***** of the sanatorium ***** ***** at the heart ***** ***** novel, the reader is still capable of being upon the receiving end of ***** insights ***** the contrasting nature ***** health ***** illness from Mann's point of view. "We don't have much time in *****," exclaims ***** main protagonist at the onset of the *****, but only Claudia, ***** all of the residents of ***** Magic Mountain, really lives this truth. (7)

The entire community, health and sick, of The Magic ***** are afflicted by one ***** or anot*****, some physical, other mental. The physically sick, such as *****, are suffering from tuberculosis. However, there are also those who are mentally sick but ***** well like Hans. The contrasting point of views of view ***** health ***** illness in a ***** of illness are deployed skillfully ***** Mann to add additional texture ***** what could be otherwise a rather mundane collective memoir of illness, or a rather mundane metaphor ***** the human condition through illness, *****ly 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 ***** a singular *****, Mann is striking in his ability ***** give a kind ***** multidimensional character to ***** ailment itself, by showing the *****' progression in a multiple of physic*****l bodies and through the point ***** view of ***** physical characters. Tuberculosis, buy the end of the tale, has a three-dimensional characterization on par with ***** dramatic per*****nages of the novel. For instance, the ***** ***** Claudia Chauchat and her perspective ***** her body and illness is entirely different and d*****tinct than that of Hans Castorp, the ra*****r weak willed and milksop main ***** of The Magic Mountain. Consumption is not just a ***** for death and withdrawal for life, it can imbue one's ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** w*****h a hedonistic ********** feverish intensity, as it does Chauchat, or illness can *****, in the case of *****, provide an excuse for ***** w*****hdrawal of an already death-driven and life-avoiding character.

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


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