Thomas Mann’s Tonio Kroger entails three narrative sections wherein the first one is set
in the hometown of Tonio. This section consists of Tonio’s childhood where he isolates himself
from the bourgeoisie. He examines this estrangement in the central reflective part of the story. In
the middle section, he is depicted as writer liing in Munich where he visits a young painter to
discuss the artistic life. In the last section, Tonio sees a couple dancing and imagines them to be
Ingeborg Holm and Hans Hansen, his childhood friends. In this story, Tonio is a person with a
sensitive nature since he views himself different from his age mates who seem thrilled with
social life. Tonio is unable to realize that he cannot be a respectable member of the bourgeois
society as well as an artist. Growing up, he is envious of the vitality and vigor characteristic in
his friends Ingeborg and Hans and does not accept the middle-life values that his parents want
him to observe (Mann 5). However, Tonio learns about himself when he becomes a talented
writer and realizes that a creative person should remain separated from society. When he meets a
dancing couple who resembles Hans and Ingeborg, he discovers his love for humanity and
concludes that an artist should reconcile various facet of existence such as a material and the
spiritual and nature and intelligence.
In Albert Camus’s The Stra...