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Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann's The Magic *****

***** 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***** *****bility to convey p*****ilosophical insight through the deployment of a different characters' specific perspective in the context of a *****wn, family or hospital community—even the 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 sanat*****ium in ***** at the heart ***** the novel, the reader is still capable of being upon the receiving end of pr*****ound insights ***** the contrasting nature of health and illness from ********** point of view. "We don't have much time in life," exclaims ***** main protagonist at the onset ***** ***** novel, but only Claudia, of all ***** the residents of The Magic **********, really lives this truth. (7)

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

Thus when ***** perspective or narrative point of ***** of Hans Castorp is contrasted with the hedonistic, married woman ***** *****, the metaphor ***** ***** 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, and an


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