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Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann's The Magic *****

Madame Claudia Chauchat's point of view ***** her ailment—"no delicate child of life," is she!

Thomas Mann as a novelist is uniquely gifted in h***** ability to convey p*****ilosophical 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 of 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 ***** of the sanatorium ***** ***** at the heart of the novel, the reader is still capable of being upon the receiving end of profound insights ***** the contrasting nature of health ***** illness from ********** point of view. "We don't have much time in *****," exclaims the main protagonist at the onset ***** the *****, but only Claudia, of all ***** the residents of The Magic **********, really lives this truth. (7)

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

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

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