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Death in Venice Reflective Statement

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Jennifer Harris Period 5 12-3-11 Death in Venice Reflective Statement In the novel Death in Venice, the protagonist, Aschenbach, is introduced as an honorable, fastidious, and a high status writer in Germany. He is so focused and obsessed with being successful and working because that is all he has ever known. His parents brought him up as a young man who would be successful and disciplined. These qualities of being controlled and restrained cause Aschenbach to have qualities of an apollonian man. ...read more.


After Aschenbach decides to leave for Venice, the reader slowly sees his apollonian side die out. He stays at a hotel in Venice and is attracted to a boy, Tadzio, also staying at the hotel. He becomes so captured by this boy?s beauty and sensuality that he eventually abandons his art and places his focus only on Tadzio. Aschenbach abandons his morality and dignity and as this happens, the reader sees his apollonian side completely die. ...read more.


In contrast, as his apollonian side dies out, his Dionysian side grows. This is the side of uncontrolled behaviors and impulsiveness. Aschenbach?s impulsive decision to remain in Venice due to a young boy shows that his apollonian side has died out and soon his actual death is to come. The two parallel each other because ultimately the death of his apollonian side is the cause of his actual death. He becomes a completely different person full of Dionysian qualities, and dies in the city with no dignity or morality. ...read more.

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