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Book Wormy | 1922 comments Mod
What are some of the polarities established in the novella, and what is their importance?


message 2: by Eadie (new)

Eadie (eadieburke) Some of the story's multiple polarities are: the conscious will vs. passionate drives; discipline vs. spontaneity; north vs. south; the Apollonian vs. the Dionysian; cerebral and lofty art vs. sensual and inspired art. In each of the above polarities, the first term refers to Aschenbach's initial state in the story, while the second term represents that toward which he slips over the course of the plot.


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Book Wormy | 1922 comments Mod
I like Eadies answer


message 4: by Sushicat (new)

Sushicat | 292 comments Again - not much to add.


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Jen | 1608 comments Mod
I answered this partly in an earlier question. I think the central dichotomy was between rationality and passion and how those two concepts are in constant battle in the creation of art.

Life and death was another duality.


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Kristel (kristelh) | 3958 comments Mod
Rationality and passion, life death, I agree with Jen


message 7: by Pip (new)

Pip | 1353 comments Eadie nailed this question.


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