"Death In Venice" by Thomas Mann Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

"Death In Venice" by Thomas Mann
An analysis of the Apollinian/Dionysian conflict in "Death In Venice" by Thomas Mann.
# 33229 | 1,650 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 01, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)


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This paper describes the continuum of Apollinian and Dionysian in the character of Gustav von Aschenbach in Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice". The paper explains that the Apollonian tendency is the tendency to impose form and order upon the world, while Dionysos represents the overpowering urges of a primitive response - an uninhibited, free, and direct communion with the deep mysteries of nature. The paper discusses how had he been not so Apollinian in his life, he may not have died in Venice, yet because he was so staunch before, the sensuality of Tadzio and the setting both created to allow his fall down to a Dionysian personality which neither could he accept nor deter. The paper explains that his death is the culmination of the transition in character that could not reconcile the Dionysian/Apollinian conflict and thus could not survive.

From the Paper:

"The Apollonian tendency is the tendency to impose form and order upon the world. Nietzsche, in consequence, refers to Apollo as representing a principle of individuation, by which he means a principle which separates elements of a fluctuating world into individual units and places them in ordered, understandable relation to each other. Dionysos represents, then the overpowering urges of a primitive response - an uninhibited, free, and direct communion with the deep mysteries of nature which defy formal understanding, and to which all images stand opposed as Apollonian illusion to the Dionysian reality.
"Thomas Mann's most popular story Death In Venice's depicts Gustav von Aschenbach a professional who, in return for sacrificing intimacy and leading a life of "rigid, cold and passionate duty" is rewarded by wealth and fame. (Hayman, 1997)"

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