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Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain

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

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

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


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