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Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann's The Magic *****

***** 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 **********, family or hospital community—even the ailment afflicting the hospital community itself, in the case of The ***** Mountain. 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 sanat*****ium in question at the heart ***** ***** novel, the reader is still capable of being upon the receiving end ***** ***** insights upon the contr*****ting nature of health and illness from ********** point of view. "We don't have much time in *****," exclaims ***** main protagonist at the onset of the *****, but only Claudia, of all ***** the residents of The Magic Mountain, really lives t***** truth. (7)

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

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


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