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Death In Venice: Symbolism, Opinions, Etc ...

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Death In VeniceThomas MannThis book isn't like any books or stories that I have read. This wasn't a true or a realistic fiction of any kind, which are the types of books that I am acquainted with, so this book was a new enjoyment.At first, when I was reading this short book, it didn't really made much sense and I was having troubling understanding the plot. The reason being that I thought this was another same type of books that I usually read, realistic-fiction, and does not have a lot of thinking elements. (It just has the plot, instead of a lot of symbolism and putting things together). So, because of this, I was very confused. For example, when the main character, was in love with a beautiful boy that he saw in a hotel. I was very confused by this while I was reading it, until I got to the end, when I read this book again, this time not as much trying to understand the plot, because I already knew (about the plaque and the death at the end), but instead, this time trying to replace many things that were symbols or what they could represent. When I did this, this short book made much more sense and I therefore I liked this new type of style. I understood almost everything, and finally when I had read this book over again, I understood what the author was trying to express to the reader or the moral. This is the summary of the book, I didn't try mixing up my symbolism that came out when I read the short book the second time and tried to put connections from the beginning to the end, with the actual summary or plot of the book, which is what I got out of it the first time when I read the book, so I separated these two underlined thing with italics:'Death in Venice' by Thomas Mann, starts out with the main character, Aschenbach, on a morning after one of his struggling sessions of writing. He can not find any inspiration with anything he has done, and so has not sold any of his pieces. Gustav decides to take a walk to clear his mind. During his walk though, a storm starts and Gustav must turn back. While he is hurrying back, he passes through an empty street, a stonemason's yard, and a couple of headstones, but stops to look at a Byzantine mortuary chapel referring to the afterlife. I think that this might be a foreshadow to what is about to happen to Gustav and what is in store for him. While, he is looking at the chapel, a strange man is suddenly noticed in the background. The man is dressed like a tourist and has bright red-hair. Gustav looks at this red-haired man, and notices that he is staring back into his eyes aggressively. His red-hair might symbolize the devil and again the danger that is about to come. Also, the gravestones in the scene of this chapter also might symbolize the same thing.Gustav, in order to find inspiration in his struggling work that he is trying to produce, he has a desire to travel to a foreign land to try and find that inspiration and get his work done. The encounter with the red-haired man stirs this desire even...

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