Death In Venice - Death In Venice Author Thomas Mann(1875-1955 Published in 1912 A disciplined and established writer Was secretly homosexual[This is

Death In Venice - Death In Venice Author Thomas...

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Death In Venice Author: Thomas Mann (1875-1955). Published in 1912 - A disciplined and established writer - Was secretly homosexual [This is why the character Tadzio is a boy]. - Models the main character in Death -- Gustav von Aschenbach -- after himself - Focuses on what happens when the god of repression breaks down and the god of eroticism takes his revenge o Mann had the story of King Pentheus in mind when he wrote Death in Venice . King Pentheus is worried about religious fundamentalism and decided to ban the rights of the God Dionysus (who is associated with eroticism); Dionysus shows up in disguise to teach him a lesson. o So Dionysus appears in the city, gets arrested, brought before the king and they talk about the rites – which are basically all-female orgies in honor of Dionysys. Men are forbidden by the king *really* wants to go. o So Dionysus convinces King Penthus to dress up as a woman and see what goes on at Dionysus rights – but the disguise wasn’t good and he was discovered and torn apart by the women. His head is placed on a stick and carried down the mountain by his own mother.

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