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Death in Venice: Introduction
Death in Venice: Plot Summary
Death in Venice: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Death in Venice: Themes
Death in Venice: Quotes
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- Full Title: Death in Venice (Der Tod in Venedig, in German)
- When Written: 1911
- Where Written: Munich, Germany
- When Published: 1912
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Novella
- Setting: Munich, Germany and Venice, Italy.
- Climax: Dressed in new clothes and wearing makeup in an attempt to appear younger, Aschenbach follows Tadzio through Venice and then becomes delirious in the heat in a city square. He talks as if he is Socrates talking to the young Phaedrus, in Plato’s Phaedrus, and asks whether beauty is the path to virtue or sin.
- Antagonist: Aschenbach can be seen as his own antagonist. He struggles against his own repressed desires and, as he chooses to stay in Venice and keep pursuing Tadzio, he leads himself to his own downfall.
Extra Credit for Death in Venice
Deaths in Venice. Mann’s novella has been proven popular both with readers and with other writers eager to create their own versions of the story. It has been adapted into both a film and a ballet, and Benjamin Britten created a celebrated opera version of the story in 1973.