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Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain

***** 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 town, family or hospital community—even the ailment afflicting the hospital community itself, in the 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 in question at the heart of the novel, the reader is still capable of being upon the receiving end ***** profound insights ***** the contr*****ting nature of health ***** illness from ***** point of view. "We don't have much time in life," exclaims the main protagonist at ***** onset of the *****, but only Claudia, ***** all of the residents of The Magic *****, really lives t***** truth. (7)

***** entire community, health and sick, of The Magic Mountain are afflicted by one ***** or anot*****, some physical, other mental. The physically sick, such as *****, ***** suffering from tuberculosis. However, there are also those who are ********** sick but ***** well like Hans. The contrasting point ***** views of view ***** health ***** illness in a ***** of illness are deployed skillfully ***** Mann to add additional texture ***** what could be otherwise a rather mundane collective memoir of *****, or a ***** mundane metaphor ***** the human condition ***** illness, particularly 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 tuberculosis a singular *****, Mann is striking in h***** ability ***** give a k*****d of multidimensional character to ***** ailment itself, by showing the illness' progression in a multiple of physical bodies and 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 Chauchat and her perspective on her body ***** illness is entirely different and d*****tinct than that of ***** Castorp, the ***** weak willed and milksop main ***** of The Magic Mountain. Consumption is not just a metaphor for death ***** withdrawal for life, it can imbue one's perspective and point ***** view with a hedonistic *****nd feverish intensity, as it does Chauchat, or illness can *****, in the case of Hans, provide an excuse for ***** w*****hdrawal of an already death-driven and life-avoiding character.

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


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