Understanding in Mann’s “Death in Venice” and “Fin-de-Sicle in Europe”


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20 Dec. 2010
Understanding in Mann’s "Death in Venice" and "Fin-de-Sicle in Europe"
To understand Mann’s Death in Venice as a reflection of  the fin-de-
in Europe, the personality of Mann must first be explained. It is widely documented that Mann was a latent homosexual himself, despite marrying and fathering 6 children. His homoerotic tale of Gustav
obsession with the young boy
is based on a true incident that occurred with Mann and his wife on a trip to Venice. Mann, who came from an intellectual family, uses
as his alter ego in the story.
is an artist of some renown and magnitude, yet he is coming to an end of his productivity,...
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.....eyes of the more aristocratic of Europeans, a sort of “nice place to visit” type of reputation, but not keeping with the Industrial Revolution. The boat he takes flies under an Italian flag and is described as “stricken with years, outmoded, serene, and somber.” Mann also takes a stab at India, still under the British thumb, and makes it the suspected source of the cholera that eventually takes the life of
. In all, Mann is poking at the end of one type of rule for another, not disguising his personal feelings for each nationality, and ascending himself to the rank of an aristocracy that will soon fall.
Mann, Thomas. Death in Venice. 1912. Martin C.
, translator.