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What is the denouement (the ending) of The Magician's Nephew?

It is interesting because the denouement, which wraps up everything in this story, actually sets the stage for the beginning of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." "The...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2008 2:51 am UTC

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What are the main themes of the Magician's Nephew?

As one would expect with C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, one of the main themes of The Magician's Nephew is the never-ending struggle between good and evil. As a devout Christian,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018 1:20 pm UTC

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What is the exposition, rising action, falling action, and resolution of The Magician's Nephew?

In The Magician's Nephew, the first novel (chronologically) in The Chronicles of Narnia series, the exposition begins with the introduction of Diggory and Polly and the background of Diggory's...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019 2:05 pm UTC

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What are the character traits of Digory in The Magician's Nephew?

Along with being bold and curious, Diggory is adventurous. Rather than fearing new places and experiences, he is eager to learn and discover. Additionally, he is both brave and imaginative, as is...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2018 8:30 pm UTC

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What are ten main events that happened in The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis? What website would I use to find a...

I am not aware of a website that provides a timeline for the book; it would probably be easiest to compile one yourself. Ten main events in the narrative might include: 1. Polly is transported by...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2009 3:24 pm UTC

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In The Magician's Nephew, what are three problems and their solutions?

The most pressing problem in the story - certainly for the main character, Digory - is how to heal his mother, who is terminally ill. We are not told exactly what it is that she suffers from, but...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2013 7:34 pm UTC

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What are some examples of figurative language in Chapter 9 of The Magician's Nephew?

First, in this chapter, we'll find plenty of visual imagery. Any time the narrator uses specific words that show us exactly what the objects and characters in the story look like, that's imagery....

Latest answer posted May 31, 2016 1:54 am UTC

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What is the turning point, or climax of "The Magician's Nephew"?

The turning point and the climax may be separate, though closely related, or simultaneous events. In The Magician's Nephew, the turning point and the climax are separated by moments. The turning...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016 10:35 pm UTC

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What does the lady who brings grapes to Digory's mother say that gives Digory hope?  The Magician's Nephew Chapters 6...

It is not actually the lady who brings the grapes that says anything to give Digory hope, but his Aunt Letty. Aunt Letty looks after Digory's mother Mabel who appears to be terminally ill. Letty...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2015 8:36 am UTC

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What are some of the life lessons that we can learn from the things that had happened in London when Queen Jadis was...

Two lessons seem to be embedded in the events in London brought about by Jadis's unintended entry with Digory and Polly when they used the green ring to return home. The first and most obvious is...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2010 11:41 pm UTC

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What is the major conflict in The Magician's Nephew?  

It can be argued that the overriding conflict in The Magician's Nephew is man versus self. In the story, Digory is pitted against two formidable adversaries, one who is human (Uncle Andrew) and the...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2018 8:19 pm UTC

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What are two similes from Chapter 7 of the book The Magician's Nephew?

A simile is a means of comparison using the words "like" or "as"; for example, saying, "She hovered like a helicopter." In Chapter 7 of The Magician's Nephew, as Digory tries to sort out what to do...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016 4:28 pm UTC

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I have to provide two examples of both personification and metaphors for a writing assignment for the The Magician's...

METAPHOR - in chapter 1, Digory tells Polly he is crying because he has been "brought up in a beastly hole like this" - he is referring to London. PERSONIFICATION - in chapter 1, Digory tells Polly...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2010 10:07 pm UTC

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What does the Lion give to all the creatures in Chapter 10 and what warning does he make?

In Chapter Ten ofThe Magician's Nephew,Aslan finally speaks to all of the talking animals, wild people, satrys, dwarfs, and the gods and goddesses of the woods. The lion addresses them with this...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2012 3:38 am UTC

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Who is the protagonist in The Magician's Nephew? Who is the antagonist?

To find the protagonist of a story or novel, think about whose problem or goal the plot revolves around. In The Magician's Nephew, the story begins with Digory Kirke crying about his mother's...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2017 2:33 pm UTC

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What is the falling action or, conclusion of the story where all lose ends are tied up in the story "The Magician's...

The conclusion is found in the final chapter, after Digory heals his mother with the apple from Aslan. That chapter (titled, appropriately, "The End of This Story") moves from real-time action to...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2007 11:35 pm UTC

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What is the main conflict in The Magician's Nephew?

In The Magician's Nephew, it's helpful to think of the conflict in terms of the external conflict and the internal conflict. Both types of conflict are important to the plot and characters in the...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2017 2:08 am UTC

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In The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis, one gets the idea that back in England the Cabby would have liked to stay in...

Frank in a hansom cab driver in The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis. He is rather rough around the edges, so to speak, because he grew up in the country. He is a farmer who is used to hard work,...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013 2:06 am UTC

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What are the main themes in the book The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis?

The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis is a story of adventure and maturity set against backdrop of the creation of the fictional land of Narnia. The main themes in this novel are good vs. evil and...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 9:49 pm UTC

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In The Magician's Nephew, can someone give me a simile in Chapter 4? I have read it 3 times but can’t find one.

Let us remember the definition of a simile to help us try and identify one in this chapter. A simile is an example of figurative language that compares one thing with something else, normally...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2011 7:07 pm UTC

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Is Digory a better person at the end of the story than he was at the start?

The novel The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis provides readers with a backstory about the origin of Narnia. The nephew in the title, Digory Kirke, goes through a development arc that will lead him...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 11:53 pm UTC

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What is an example of an idiom in Chapter 7?

An idiom is a phrase whose meaning cannot be guessed from the individual meanings of its component parts. For example, kick the bucket is an English idiom for dying—if you did not know what the...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2016 7:47 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of the golden ring in The Magician's Nephew?

The golden ring in The Magician's Nephew is a magical ring, enabling the wearer to disappear into another world. Digory's creepy Uncle Andrew tricks Polly into touching the ring which causes her...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2012 4:33 pm UTC

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What does "My hat, what a picnic" mean in The Magician's Nephew?

This quote, uttered by Digory, comes early on in the eighth chapter of The Magician’s Nephew, after he realizes they have brought his Uncle Andrew along with them when they jumped between worlds....

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 4:07 pm UTC

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What does Digory decide he must do to get rid of the Witch in The Magician's Nephew?

In order to get rid of the Witch, whom he has inadvertently brought into our world, Digory decides that he must try to get her back into the Wood between the Worlds, where she seemed to become weak...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2010 7:56 am UTC

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What is the role of Digory in The Magician Nephew? Please write in detail because I have to write about it in detail.

Digory Kirke is the protagonist and central character in The Magician's Nephew. At the beginning of the story, he is quite dismayed to have been brought to London to live "with an Aunt and an Uncle...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010 11:23 am UTC

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What is the main conflict in The Magician's Nephew, and an explanation of it?  Man vs ?

I would say Man vs. himself. Digory is definitely attempting to find himself and his place in the world or in Lewis' created worlds. This adventure is a series of events which allow Digory to...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2007 5:02 am UTC

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C.S. Lewis writes that Uncle Andrew was "vain as a peacock" and that was why he had become a magician. What...

The first connection that comes to mind between vanity and being a magician is power. Someone who believes they are better than everyone else is also likely to believe they should be able to have...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016 3:11 am UTC

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How does Polly change and develop throughout the story?

Most of Polly's character traits remain constant throughout The Magician's Nephew. She is thoughtful, careful, and more cautious than Digory—she is the voice of reason. For the most part, she is...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 7:25 pm UTC

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What do you think C. S. Lewis wants the reader to learn from the change that Digory undergoes in The Magician's Nephew?

All of the books in the Narnia series have strong moral lessons, and in this one the main character, Digory (the professors' nephew) grows from a self-centered boy into a young man with principles....

Latest answer posted May 18, 2010 3:54 am UTC

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How is Queen Jadis selfish?

In The Magician's Nephew, Queen Jadis's selfish nature is first seen upon meeting and speaking with Digory and Polly. In chapter 4, Digory and Polly happen upon a world where they find a room of...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2018 7:01 pm UTC

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What is the resolution in the book titled "The Magician's Nephew"?

The resolution comes after Digory doesn't eat the forbidden fruit, and, as a result, receives it as a gift from Aslan's hands, allowing him to cure his mother and live, quite literally, happily...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2007 3:56 am UTC

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What new information do we learn about the rings in chapter 6?      

At the end of chapter 5 of The Magician's Nephew Digory and Polly had both touched their yellow rings in order to escape the Queen's evil clutches and return to the Wood. Unfortunately, as we enter...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018 7:11 am UTC

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What did Uncle Andrew discover?

Uncle Andrew discovers a way to travel between worlds. His godmother, Mrs. Lefay, gave him a box of magic dust. After many attempts and trials, Uncle Andrew uses the magic dust to create sets of...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2012 1:54 pm UTC

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What is the theme of the book Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis?

If you check the link below and browse the answers in The Magician's Nephew Group here on enotes, you will see that similar questions have already been answered. All of the books in the series The...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2010 7:25 am UTC

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What are the main events leading up to the climax of The Magician's Nephew?

Hmm. How far back do you want the chain of events followed? Polly and Digory go to Charn. Digory wakes Jadis. Jadis goes with them to Earth, causing havoc in London. Polly and Digory use the rings...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2007 1:43 am UTC

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Was Lewis successful in developing characters in his novel?

There is, obviously, a measure of personal preference to your question. To some readers, an author's methods of character development may seem more effective and believable than to other readers....

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020 10:45 pm UTC

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What are some interesting points to study in the novel The Magician's Nephew?

While The Magician's Nephew is the sixth book published as part of the Narnia Chronicles by C. S. Lewis, it is actually the first in chronology for the series--a prequel, if you will, to The Lion,...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010 10:06 am UTC

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How did Digory and Polly get the rings

The rings were created by Digory's Uncle Andrew using magic dust that had been left to him in a box by his part-fairy godmother, Mrs. Lefay. Instead of destroying the box as his godmother told him...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018 10:33 am UTC

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Please can you tell me about the themes C.S. Lewis is exploring in Magian's Nephew other than the religious ones, thanks

There is the theme of good versus evil. This does not have to be a religious theme. Many secular works deal with the conflict of good vs evil in the world. There is also the issue of being...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2010 12:33 pm UTC

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I need help with the Theme and Symbolism of this novel. Can somoene help me out. Thanks Yes i have read the novel.

This novel, as well as the others in the series The Chronicles of Narnia, is a Christian allegory. One of the main themes is the triumph of good over evil. The White Witch (Queen Jadis) represents...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 1:10 am UTC

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I need a detailed explanation on the plot summary of this novel. Thank you

This novel is number 6 in The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. Although it is 6 of 7, it is a prequel. That means, it goes back to explain how Narnia all got started. In this novel, two...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010 12:57 am UTC

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Can someone please help me out with the historical time period for the novel The Magician's Nephew?

Although The Magician's Nephew was the 6th book published in the Chronicles of Narnia series, chronologically it actually comes first. It is what is known as a "prequal." The setting (outside...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010 9:26 am UTC

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Can someone help me with the genre of the novel The Magician's Nephew.

The simple answer to your question is "fantasy." The Magician's Nephew is part of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. While it's the sixth book of the series as written, it's the first in the...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 12:36 pm UTC

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Describe how the first group looks in The Magician's Nephew.

I think you need to expand your question to be far more specific - the first group of what? I can only infer that you are talking about the group of statues that Polly and Digory come across in the...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2010 4:13 am UTC

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What is the briefest plot of The Magician's Nephew?

How short do you want? I guess you need to remember when reading this book that in many ways it is a prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and so it sets up so much of the action - the...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2010 4:05 am UTC

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When a storm blew the tree down Diogory had the wood of the tree made into what?

I assume from the tags that this is in reference to "The Magician's Nephew" by C. S. Lewis. The young Digory Kirke returned from Narnia with a magic apple given to him by Aslan to cure his ill...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2009 7:19 am UTC

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