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Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain

***** Claudia Chauchat's point of view of her ailment—"no delicate child ***** 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 ch*****racters' 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 ***** question at the heart ***** the novel, the reader is still capable of being upon the receiving end ***** profound insights upon the contrasting nature of health ***** illness from ***** point of view. "We don't have much time in life," exclaims the main protagonist at the onset of ***** novel, but only Claudia, of all of the residents of The Magic Mountain, really lives this truth. (7)

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

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

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