Death in Venice - Part 5 Summary & Analysis

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Part 5 Summary

The odor that Aschenbach noticed a few weeks ago has become stronger and more prevalent. Despite many attempts to determine its source, Aschenbach is told only that the city disinfects during hot and humid times of the year. Finally Aschenbach finds a German newspaper that reports a plague in Venice, a fact that another vendor confirms. Aschenbach is torn between fleeing immediately and staying close to Tadzio.

The nearness of death does not deter Aschenbach, who remains in Venice to be close to Tadzio. The old man's attentions have become obvious now, and Tadzio's mother and governess keep a watchful eye on Aschenbach. Nevertheless, Aschenbach intensifies his stalking of Tadzio, almost enjoying the element of risk.

During an evening performance of a musical group, Aschenbach and Tadzio exchange meaningful glances, marking their mutual recognition that the plague is overtaking Venice and the musicians...

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