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Overview

Author

Thomas Mann

Year Published

1912

Type

Novella

Genre

Drama

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.

Tense

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.

Summary

This study guide for Thomas Mann's Death in Venice offers summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents, Q&A pairs, and flashcards created by students and educators.

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