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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 town, family or hospital community—even ***** ailment afflicting the hospital community itself, in ***** case ***** 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 community of the sanatorium ***** question at the heart ***** the novel, the reader is still capable of being upon the receiving end ***** profound 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 ***** ***** novel, but only Claudia, of all ***** the residents of ***** Magic Mountain, really lives t***** truth. (7)

The entire community, ***** and sick, of The Magic Mountain are afflicted by one ***** or anot*****, some physical, other mental. The ********** sick, such as Chauchat, are suffering from tuberculosis. However, there are also those who are ********** sick but physically well like Hans. The contrasting point of views ***** view of health ***** ***** in a ***** of illness are deployed skillfully ***** Mann to add additional texture to what could be otherwise a rather mundane collective memoir of *****, or a rather mundane metaphor ***** the human condition ***** illness, *****ly that of an ailment so common to the 19th century era dur*****g which the author wrote. In fact, ***** than giving the quality of the ailment of ***** a singul*****r character, Mann is striking in h***** ability to give a kind of multidimensional character to the ailment itself, by showing the illness' progression in a multiple of physical bodies and 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 per*****nages of the *****. For instance, the suffering ***** Claudia Chauchat and her perspective on her body ***** illness is entirely different and distinct than that of Hans Castorp, the rather weak willed and milksop main protagonist of The Magic Mountain. Consumption is not just a ***** for death ***** *****drawal ***** life, it can imbue one's ***** and ***** of ***** with 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 ***** ***** perspective or narrative point of view of Hans Castorp is contrasted with the hedonistic, married woman Claudia Chauchat, ***** metaphor ***** ***** merely as an example of something ***** afflicts the body or the mind becomes something much deeper—it becomes a metaphor for the outsider condition, an individual whom is estranged from life, ***** an


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