A presentation made with two others for my literature course about Thomas Mann who wrote Death in Venice.
Thomas Mann has a very strong and rich language with many images to evoke connections: “Black as nothing else on eath except a coffin”. He uses many symbols and comparison in his texts. Throughout Death in Venice we see several comparisons with greek gods: Apollo, Dionysus, Phaex, Eros etc. By using such a rich language he does wonders with his writing.
“This was a broad and tolerant atmosphere, of wide horizons. Subdued voices were speaking most of the principal European tongues. That uniform of civilization, the conventional evening dress, gave outward conformity to the varied types”
Death in Venice is about an artist named Gustav and his travels to Venice where he gets obsessed with a boy named Tadzio. The text is written from Gustavs perspective and gives us an insight into his inner world. One of the main themes running through this text is the struggle between the aestheticism and intellectualism.
In Thomas Mann’s diary from 1965 it seems like he suffered from repressed homosexuality. He grew up in a conservative and religious family with a strict father. Many parts of Death in Venice are autobiographical references to his own trip to Venice where he met a boy named Baron Wladyslow Moes.