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

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

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


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