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

The entire community, health and sick, of The Magic Mountain are afflicted by one ailment or anot*****, some physical, other mental. The physically sick, such as Chauchat, ***** suffering from tuberculosis. However, there are also those who are mentally sick but ***** well like Hans. The contrasting point of views of view of health ***** illness 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 rather mundane metaph***** of the human condition through illness, particularly 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 ***** a singular *****, Mann is striking in his ability to give a k*****d of multidimensional character to the ailment itself, ***** showing the illness' progression in a multiple of physical bodies and through the point of view of contrasting 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 suffering ***** Claudia Chauchat and her perspective on her body ***** illness is entirely different and distinct than that of Hans Cas*****rp, the rat***** weak willed and milksop main ***** of The ***** Mountain. Consumption is not just a *****or for death and withdrawal for life, it can imbue one's ***** and ***** of view with a hedonistic and feverish intensity, as it does Chauchat, or illness can *****, in the ***** of Hans, provide an excuse ***** the withdrawal of an already death-driven and life-avoiding character.

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

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