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Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain

***** Claudia Chauchat's point of view of her ailment—"no delicate child of life," is she!

Thomas Mann as a novelist is uniquely gifted in his *****bility 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 ***** ailment afflicting the hospital community itself, in the case of 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 in ***** at the heart ***** the novel, the reader is still capable of being upon the receiving end ***** profound insights ***** the contrasting 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, of all ***** the residents of ***** Magic Mountain, really lives this truth. (7)

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

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


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