Thomas Mann Writing Styles in Disorder and Early Sorrow

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Point of View and Setting

In "Disorder and Early Sorrow," the story is narrated in a limited third-person point of view, in which the events are seen from the vantage point of Professor Cornelius. Because it is a limited point of view, the narration does not relate the unobservable thoughts of the other characters. The Professor is not telling the story, but the narrator does recount what the Professor thinks about the events going on around him. The use of limited third-person narration allows the author to reveal insights into activities only from the Professor's perspective.

Symbolism

Symbolism is the literary technique by which an author uses an item, issue, or situation in a story to represent something quite different. In this story, the Professor's bifocals are symbolic of his dualistic view of the world about him. He sees the past as "true" and the present as "repugnant." They...

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