George Coffin


In a symphonic literary work such as Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain, the individual themes which interweave to produce the complex counterpoint of the whole unit can hardly be sufficiently treated in one essay. To avoid such confusion we shall, then, consider only the musical themes and references as they parallel the personality development of Hans Castorp. Through this chronological presentation of references we may observe the evolution of character in musical symbols carefully chosen to express the first simplicity and final complexity of the novel's central character.



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