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Death In VeniceAuthor: 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 revengeoMann 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. oSo 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. oSo 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.