Death in Venice | Study Guide

Thomas Mann

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Perspective and Narrator

Death in Venice is narrated from a third-person limited point of view. The narrator reveals the thoughts of the main character, Gustav von Aschenbach, but not those of other characters. However, as the novella progresses, Mann often uses a technique called free indirect discourse, in which the narrator reveals Aschenbach's thoughts directly to the reader without using an introductory clause such as "He thought." This technique allows Mann to draw the reader into Aschenbach's state of mind as he becomes more and more obsessed with the character Tadzio.


Death in Venice is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The title Death in Venice refers to the setting. Most of the story takes place in Venice, Italy, where death spreads in the form of a cholera epidemic and where the main character dies as the story ends.


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