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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 ability to convey philosophical insight through the deployment of a different ch*****racters' specific perspective in the context of a town, family or hospital community—even ***** ailment afflicting the hospital community itself, in ***** case ***** 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 of the novel, the reader is still capable ***** being upon the receiving end of pr*****ound 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 the onset of ***** *****, but only Claudia, ***** all of the residents of ***** Magic **********, really lives this truth. (7)

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

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


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