Mario and the magician- Cipolla

Topics: Bullying, Audience, Narrator Pages: 2 (597 words) Published: May 31, 2014
In Thomas Mann’s “Mario and the Magician,” illusion, illness and deformity are only a few of the characteristics used to set the tone of the story. Prior to Cipolla’s introduction, the narrator suggests that he should have escaped Torre di Venere and the fatal Cipolla. At this moment, we have yet to experience the introduction and effects of the true Cipolla; however, we are lead to believe and imagine the worst about Cipolla’s character based on the narrators comments. Cipolla’s appearance was obviously quite distinct, like none the narrator had ever seen before, based on his detailed outline of his absurd yet arrogant appearance. Cipolla was described as having: a very distinct noticeable attire, piercing eyes, ravaged face, broken saw-edged teeth, a small waxed moustache, a pointed beard and the utmost unusual hairstyle. He was also subject to a very noticeable physical deformity which was described as being awkward and uncommon. Despite Cipolla’s discomfited appearance he was greeted with laughter and anticipation from the majority of the on-lookers who were anxiously awaiting the show. As Cipolla sat smoking a cigarette, calmly, he scanned the audience hoping to determine their weaknesses and placed, silent, judgment on certain individuals based on knowledge gained from years of experiences as a performer of that nature. After sometime and careful consideration, Cipolla’s first target was two healthy, strong, young men whom had obviously been chosen based on their brawly features. Their appearances insinuated that, perhaps, they were laborers and not of a learned environment. Cipolla, obviously assuming just that, chooses them to perform a task that will include writing. When, they cannot complete this task they are ridiculed and mocked because of their inabilities. This was Cipolla’s initial attempt to demean the audience only to heighten his own esteem. Throughout the story Cipolla demonstrates the consumption of excessive amounts of...
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