Analysis Of Thomas Mann 's ' Venice, And Don 't Look Now
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Three Venetian narratives published over a period of ninety years provide the opportunity for an interesting literary synthesis. These three texts are The Aspern Papers, Death in Venice, and Don’t Look Now. The earliest of the three texts, The Aspern Papers, written by Henry James in 1888, is about what often happens when a notable or famous person dies. It explores issues of privacy surrounding death and who has “ownership” over a deceased person’s innermost thoughts and feelings. It is a scathing narrative on the “paparazzi” type of mentality the public can sometimes have when it comes to the death of a celebrity.
Another work, Death in Venice, written in 1912 by Thomas Mann, is ironic in its storytelling regarding how death and beauty are, at times, linked. Much of the story revolves around the main character’s association between art, beauty, and death. It is interesting to note that the main character views the young boy he falls in love with as an exquisite work of art. He sees the boy as exuding youth and perfection, yet the reality is that the main character is weak and sickly. The belief the main character holds that youth, art, and beauty are the divine keys to life are ironic in that, again, the reality is that humans are mortal and death is inevitable, regardless of the beliefs an individual holds.
The most recent of the three - Don’t Look Now, written by Daphne Du Maurier in 1971 – tells the story of grief through the effects it has on the characters in the