Response Paper Death in Venice - Cultural Foundation 3 Professor Deutsch The Apollonian and The Dionysian In Venice In Thomas Mann\u2019s Death In

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Cultural Foundation 3 Professor Deutsch 11/06/19 The Apollonian and The Dionysian In Venice In Thomas Mann’s Death In Venice, the reader follows Aschenbach, “a figure who would not seem out of place in a Fellini movie” (similar to film noir films). Aschenbach is someone who sticks to a routine, pretty predictable, but he finds himself with a desire to travel so he does just that. Though, the sudden urge to travel came as sort of a surprise to him, “like a seizure and grown into a passion… more, an hallucination” (Mann, 6). He travels to Venice, Italy where he finds himself transfixed with a young boy named Tadzio. In many ways, Aschenbach would claim himself to be an Apollonian man. He sees a man interacting with his friends on a train and notices that he is pretending to be younger than he is. This act by the other man can be seen as Dionysian because it is irrational and frankly, mad. When Aschenbach sees this, “a shudder ran through [him]” (Mann, 29). He found this to be absurd which makes him seem more like an Apollonian man. However, when he reaches a beach in Venice and sees the boy for the first time,

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