G. K. Chesterton

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In the play Magic, what is the main conflict and how is it resolved?

The main conflict in Magic is between the supernatural, or magic, and materialism. The conflict is solved by the conjurer giving a plausible material explanation of how his trick was performed (to the character who was troubled by it, though not to the audience), though he continues to maintain that it really was magic.

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In G.K. Chesterton's play, Magic , the main conflict is between a supernatural and a materialist view of the world. The Duke invites a conjurer to perform magic tricks for an audience at his house. The Duke's nephew, Morris, is a skeptic who is eager to explain how all the...

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In G.K. Chesterton's play, Magic, the main conflict is between a supernatural and a materialist view of the world. The Duke invites a conjurer to perform magic tricks for an audience at his house. The Duke's nephew, Morris, is a skeptic who is eager to explain how all the tricks are done, but there is one trick he cannot explain. This bothers him so much that he appears to be in danger of insanity.

The conjurer says that there is nothing to explain. The trick is actually not a trick, it is real magic. The only person who believes him is the Duke's niece, Patricia, but she is also alarmed about Morris's state of mind and begs the conjurer to help. The conjurer then gives Morris an explanation which satisfies him, though he does not explain the trick to anyone else, including the audience.

Chesterton believed in the possibility of miracles, and he leaves the audience with the impression that the conjurer did perform a piece of real magic. However, the conjurer claims that, after he performed the magic, he found another way of doing the trick, which did not involve any supernatural element. This was the explanation he gave Morris, but he says he will not share it with anyone else. If he did, within half an hour they would all be saying that this was how the trick was done. The problem of Morris's sanity is therefore solved, but the possibility of the supernatural remains open.

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