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Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain

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 h***** ability to convey philosophical insight through the deployment of a different characters' specific perspective in the context of a **********, family or hospital community—even ***** ailment afflicting the hospital community itself, in the case ***** The ***** Mounta*****. 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 ***** at the heart of ***** novel, the reader is still capable of being upon the receiving end ***** profound insights ***** the contr*****ting nature of health and illness from *****'s point of view. "We don't have much time in life," exclaims the main protagonist at ***** onset ***** the novel, but only Claudia, of all ***** the residents of The Magic *****in, really lives this truth. (7)

***** entire community, health and sick, of The Magic Mountain are afflicted by one ***** or another, some physical, other mental. The ********** sick, such as Chauchat, ***** suffering from tuberculosis. However, there are also those who are mentally sick but physically well like Hans. The contrasting point ***** views of view ***** health ***** ***** in a community 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***** ***** the human condition ***** illness, particularly that of an ailment so common to the 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 character to ***** ailment itself, by showing the *****' progression in a multiple of physical bodies and through ***** point ***** view of contrasting physical characters. Tuberculosis, buy the end of the tale, has a three-dimensional characterization on par with ***** dramatic personages of the *****. 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 rat***** weak willed and milksop main ***** of The ***** Mountain. Consumption is not just a *****or for death and *****drawal ***** *****, it can imbue one's ***** and ***** of ***** with a hedonistic ********** feverish intensity, as it does Chauchat, or illness can also, in ***** ***** of Hans, provide an excuse for the withdrawal ***** an already death-driven and life-avoiding character.

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

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