This study examines recurring animal images in Hofmannsthal's major works and some fragments. In his early «Märchen der 672. Nacht» and in «Reitergeschichte» animals confront man with evidence of his own physicality, symbolizing what Hofmannsthal called «Die Unentrinnbarkeit des Lebens.» Hunting imagery in
Die Frau im Fenster, the unfinished «Knabengeschichte,» and
Andreas provides insight into problematical relationships between men and women. The analysis of animal torture in
Das kleine Welttheater, Andreas, and
Der Turm exposes deep-rooted conflicts between fathers and sons.