Death in Venice | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of Death in Venice.
This section contains 1,665 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Charlotte Rotkin

SOURCE: Rotkin, Charlotte. “Oceanic Animals: Allegory in Death in Venice.Papers on Language and Literature 23, no. 1 (winter 1987): 84-8.

In the following essay, Rotkin explores the allegorical significance of the sea creatures in Death in Venice.

One of the characteristic features of Death in Venice is its intricate fusion of symbolism, psychology, and myth. Mann's intention in this novella of dissolution is both concealed and revealed by his technique of intertwining mythology, allegory, and psychology into a form that gives universal scope to the actions of his protagonist. An ironic tone, superimposed on the structure, testifies to Mann's condemnation of spiritual malaise as the underlying leitmotif of the novella.1

Critical commentary has focused on the archetypal symbolism of the sea in terms of its prototypical pattern of death and rebirth. However, scant attention has been accorded the allegorical significance of sea shells, sea horses, jellyfish, and sidewards-running crabs. The...

(read more)

This section contains 1,665 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Charlotte Rotkin
Copyrights
Gale
Critical Essay by Charlotte Rotkin from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook