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Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann's The Magic *****

***** 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 h***** ability 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 ***** case ***** The Magic 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 question at the heart of 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 *****," exclaims ***** main protagonist at the onset ***** the novel, but only Claudia, of all of the residents ***** The Magic Mountain, really lives this truth. (7)

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

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


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