17 Oct 2009

Essays on The Magician's Nephew

Though The Magician’s Nephew is the sixth of the Narnian Chronicles, it chronologically precedes the other novels.  The Magician’s Nephew tells the story of Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer.  The pair is transported to other worlds due to Digory’s Uncle Andrew and become caught up in the creation of Narnia and the entry of the evil queen from the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe into Narnia.  The evil queen Jadis is pulled into London with the pair when they run after awakening her.  Managing to take her back through the magical portals, the children find themselves in a black world, which Jadis recognizes as an “unmade” world – one yet to be born.  It was then that they begin their adventures.  Digory Kirke becomes the Professor that is mentioned in the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe.

The Magician’s Nephew is written by C.S. Lewis, an astoundingly talented Eglish author who was born in 1898.  Writing styles between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien can easily be recognized and understood as the two authors were friends and fellow academes at Oxford University.  C.S. Lewis was also quite religious and his beliefs as a Christian heavily influences his work.

The primary characters in The Magician’s Nephew are Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer. Initially victims of Digory’s evil Uncle Andrew, they find themselves thrown into a realm of magic far beyond their understanding.  Their youthful spirit and imagination allows them to accept this new environment and the amazing events.  In contrast, Uncle Andrew finds himself bewildered by his narrow, self-indulgent view of the world.  Contrasting characters are also developed in the malicious personality of Jadis and the compassionate Aslan.  In this contrast, Aslan is depicted as the creator and empowering force for the new world, Narnia.  Jadis, on the other hand, immediately sets out to establish her control and dominance over the new world.

As the prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Magician’s Nephew “sets the stage” for the other novels.  Digory Kirke, for example, becomes the professor in the “latter” novel.  His experience with the creation of Narnia and meeting Aslan easily explains his prompt acceptance of Lucy’s experience beyond the wardrobe.  The novel also explains how Jadis is aware of Aslan in the latter events, as well as where things such as the mysterious lamppost in the forest came from.

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