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The Magician's Nephew

British literature report on C.S. Lewis's "The Magician's Nephew"
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Lauren Denny

on 9 May 2011

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Transcript of The Magician's Nephew

characters setting literary elements The beginning of the story
is set in London 1900, England during a cold, wet summer. The first place Digory and Polly visit is The ancient city of Charn. This crumbling city is illuminated by a dull, red light. It is abandoned, cold, and eerie. While reading the Magician's Nephew I connected several passages to the Bible. When Digory was tempted by the bird to take an the magic apple back to his mother, it reminded me of the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible. But, instead of a bird, a serpent tempted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. Was the last queen of Charn.
She has been frozen for hundreds of years and awoken when Digory rings the bell. She is beautiful, extraordinarily tall, and has an enormous amount of strength. She wants Digory and Polly to take her back to their world so she can rule again. At the end of the book, she becomes the "White Witch" of Narnia. "It was the quietest wood you could possibly imagine.There were no birds, no insects, and no wind. You could almost feel the trees growing." (Lewis 32) The place Digory and Polly appear after touching Uncle Digory's magic rings. The wood is so quiet and peacful that it makes you feel dreamy and forget where you came from. It is scattered with dozens of pools, identical to the one that Digory and Polly first jump into. Everything is cast with a green daylight that is bright and warm. The wood has many pools all leading to different worlds. Intro Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution Digory and Polly explore the tunnel between connected houses, accidently stumbling into Digory's Uncle Andrew's study. After being tricked by Uncle Andrew, Polly puts on one of his magic rings and vanishes. Digory goes after her. They end up in the Wood between the Worlds. Deciding on which pool to explore. Digory thinks that he an find a cure for his sick mother in another world. By jumping into one of the pools, Digory and Polly end up in the abandoned world of Charn. Digory rings a bell waking an evil queen, Jadis. Trying to escape, She grabs onto Digory and Polly and they all end up in London. Uncle Andrew, Jadis, Polly, Digory, a cabby and his horse all vanish into a world of complete darkness. Aslan arrives and creates a beautiful land, called Narnia. Aslan tells Digory to go on a journey to bring him back an apple from a garden. After being tempted by a bird to bring the apple back to his sick mother, he obeys Aslan. Everyone except for Jadis goes back to their world and Digory's mother is healed by the apple Aslan gave Digory. Jadis flees to the north and becomes the "White Witch" of Narnia. The apple that Digory is to retrieve for Aslan represents sin and loyalty. Digory is torn between wanting to obey Aslan and taking the fruit back to heal his mother. By obeying Aslan, Digory proves that he is loyal. Digory is a twelve-year-old boy living in London. He is curious, loyal, and courageous
His mother is sick and he leaves his world to find a cure for her. Polly is an eleven-year-old girl. She is Digory's neighbor and friend. She hesitant to take risks, but follows Digory when exploring and other adventures. Digory's uncle whom let's Digory and his sick mother stay at his house in London. He is always conducting experiments using magic, ultimately creating the rings that lead to the Wood between the Worlds. "One moment there had been nothing but darkness; next moment a thousand, thousand points of light leaped out-single stars, constellations, and planets, brighter and bigger than any in our world." ( Lewis 117) "Uncle Andrew was tall and very thin. He had a long clean-shaven face with a sharply-pointed nose and extremely bright eyes and a great tousled mop of gray hair." (Lewis 13) C.S. Lewis does an excellent job of using imagery to describe settings throughout the book. For example, when Narnia is being created, Lewis uses all of the five senses through the characters so picturing the place will be easy to for the reader to imagine. "It was so dark...it made no difference whether you kept your eyes shut or opened. Under their feet there was a cool, flat something which might have been earth." (Lewis 114) By Lauren Denny Self conflict is explored throughout the book. Digory struggles with doing the right thing when faced with the decision to bring the apple back to Aslan or help his mother. But by going through this battle within himself he proves that he righteous. The Magician's Nephew is my my favorite book out of the Narnia series. I like Lewis's writing style in the way that he is very descriptive and makes the reader use their imagination. I really enjoyed the characters and thought the idea for this book was very creative.
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