A Deleuzian Pondering: Dionysian impulse within Death in Venice and The Birth of Tragedy

Thomas Mann in Death in Venice, published in 1912, engages in a disquisition regarding art and life. The story set in Germany revolves around Gustav Aschenbach and his necessity to liberate from the restraints of mind and follow his passions, resulting in emerging complications among concepts of love, life, death, and art. A creation of … Read moreA Deleuzian Pondering: Dionysian impulse within Death in Venice and The Birth of Tragedy

Discovery in Venice: Setting and Sexuality in Mann’s Narrative

One thing workaholics are tired of hearing is “you need a vacation!” The classic workaholic has no idea when they have worked enough, and usually has trouble making the decision to take a break for even a short period of time. Workaholic Gustav von Aschenbach, a middle aged writer living in early 20th century Germany, … Read moreDiscovery in Venice: Setting and Sexuality in Mann’s Narrative

Man’s Search for Human Autonomy in Death in Venice

In Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, Mann explores the struggle between impulse and logic through the symbolism of luggage presented throughout. The luggage Aschenbach clings to represents the dominance of logic over his impulses, and the effects societal restrictions exert upon his natural instincts. The evolution of Aschenbach’s relationship to his luggage illustrates his natural … Read moreMan’s Search for Human Autonomy in Death in Venice

Art and Extremism

In Thomas Mann’s “Death in Venice,” Gustave von Aschenbach is described as “the watcher” (73), who becomes interested in the young Tadzio, eventually leading to a dangerous obsession that causes his death. In the novella, Mann uses Aschenbach’s sudden passionate fascination with the young Tadzio to portray the dangers of art taken to one extreme, … Read moreArt and Extremism

The Artist’s Struggle in the Work of Thomas Mann

In his works “Tonio Kröger,” “Death in Venice,” and “Tristan,” Thomas Mann discusses the artist’s struggle in terms of who he is, who he should be, and who he will be. In the three works, the artistic protagonists struggle with either a metaphorical or physical sickness, stemming mainly from their inability to reconcile the two … Read moreThe Artist’s Struggle in the Work of Thomas Mann