ESSAY «IN THE MIRROR» BY TH.MANN: DIALOGUE BETWEEN WRITER’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND HIS BILDUNGSROMAN

Abstract: 

The author studies and analyzes the autobiographical essay «˝In the Mirror˝» by T.Mann. The clash of two intimate-antitetical conceptions in the making of personality are taken as the standpoint. Thus two works of Goethe – his Bildungsroman ˝Wilhelm Meister’s Years of Learning˝ and the autobiographical work ˝From my life. Poetry and Truth˝ are the objects of the research. It is stressed in T.Mann’s work ˝Poetry and Truth˝ that there exists a difference between his own evolution and the positive development of an ordinary burgher, Wilhelm Meister, as well as a similarity to the self-realization of a young genius – Goethe.

Key words: 

Th.Mann, I.W.Goethe, autobiography, Bildungsroman, evolution of a personality, self-realization.

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