However, the reader can examine the novel independently of these two viewpoints. Even though their views lie on opposite sides of the spectrum, both Heilbut and Brink describe ¨Death in Venice¨ as portraying an abnormal and destructive relationship. Heilbut argues that Aschenbach´s relationship with Tadzio is pedantic and spiteful (Heilbut 249). That it portrays Aschenbach as ¨obscene, frivolous and banal¨ (Helibut 257). Brink argues that Aschenbach´s and Tadzio´s relationship is ¨menacing, dangerous, destructive¨ because Tadzio´s feminine disposition serves as a form of revenge on Aschenbach’s masculine world (Brink 176). However, these viewpoints failed to view ¨Death in Venice¨ in a more neutral light because they focus too much on outside perspectives such as homosexuality or the struggle between a female and male force, rather than on the relationship itself. On the contrary, ¨D...
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