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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 his ability to convey philosophical 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 ***** 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 ***** of the sanat*****ium ***** ***** at the heart of ***** novel, the reader is still capable ***** being upon the receiving end of pr*****ound insights upon the contrasting nature of health and illness from Mann's point of view. "We don't have much time in life," exclaims the main protagonist at the onset ***** ***** *****, but only Claudia, of all ***** the residents of The Magic Mountain, really lives t***** truth. (7)

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

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

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