The Magicians Nephew
The Magicians Nephew is great because it really helps you to understand the rest of the Narnia series by explaining the existence of Narnia and how it came to be. The audience can really find themselves getting swept away in the story as Lewis goes from England to the wood between the worlds, and to Narnia. Questions that arise during the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe get answered as the audience sees Narnia in the very beginning when the world was new and the magic in it was great.
When Digory and Polly are in the wood between worlds right before they are about to jump into the pool to get home Digory decides to have fun and Jump into another pool that will take him to a different world even though Polly doesn’t agree, “I’m not going to try any new pool till we’ve made sure that we can get back by the old one. We’re not even sure if it’ll work yet” (C. S. Lewis 39).
Finally they manage to Jump into an unknown pool, “they stood with beating hearts and rather and scared faces on the edge of the unknown pool with their yellow rings on and held hands and once more aid pool was not taking them to another world even thought they tried multiple times so eventually they decided to try something new, so they switched the rings that they were wearing and tried again, “one-two-three-go! Said Digory. And then Jumped” (43). This decision by Digory and Polly to go exploring now has huge impacts on the rest of the book and even affects the books to come.
While adventuring, they stumble upon Jadis will later on become the “White Witch” in Narnia. Another decision that was made was the decision by Digory is to get a seed hat would produce a tree to keep the queen away from Narnia “It is my wish to plant in Narnia a tree that she will not dare to approach, and that tree will protect Narnia from her for many years. So this land shall have a long, bright morning before any clouds come over the sun. You must get me the seed from which that tree is to grow” (154).
This wasn’t a simple Journey to a near location but Digory made this decision to obey Aslan and hope for something to help his mother: Now the land of Narnia ends where the waterfall comes down, and once you have reached the top f the cliffs you will be out of Narnia and out into the western wild. You must journey through these till you find a green valley with a blue lake in it, walled round by mountains of ice. At the end there is a steep, green hill. On the top of that hill is a garden. In the cent of that garden is a tree.
Pluck an apple from that tree and bring it back to me” (155). Lucky for Digory and Polly, Aslan decided to make their Journey a bit faster by giving a horse wings and the gift of flight then allowing them to travel on it. “Be winged, be the father of all flying horses’, roared Aslan in a voice that shook he ground” (156). This decision for Digory and Polly to go obtain this seed impacts Narnia for years to come because everything goes well and the seed is planted to grow into a tree that keeps the white witch away.
The last decision that Digory made was to take one of the magic seeds home and back garden, lived and grew into a fine tree”(201). The tree was not as magical as it was in Narnia however when the tree fell over one day in a storm Digory (now the professor) decided to make it into a wardrobe, “He couldn’t bear to have it simply hopped for firewood, so he had part of the timber made into a wardrobe, which he put in his big house in the country’ (202).
This decision affects all of Narnia by making a way which their future kings and queens will come from, “That was the beginning of all of the comings and goings between Narnia and our world” (202). The character that I most closely identify with is Digory because of his will, courage and care for others. He showed the power of his will by stopping at nothing to help his mother. He had the courage to stand up against and get rid of the queen Jadis when she was terrorizing England with her incredible strength, “He made a third grab: caught the heel: held on like grim death, shouted to Polly ‘GO” (102).
The last remarkable trait he had was his care for others like Polly when Uncle Edward sent her to the wood between worlds,” then he buttoned up his coat, took a deep breath, and picked up the ring. And he thought then, as he always thought afterwards too, that he could not have decently done anything else” (30) Digory knew that it was only right for him to go save Polly. The magicians Nephew clarifies values by showing the poor values of uncle Edwards and the good, Just values of Digory.
When faced with obstacles Uncle Edwards constantly makes the decision to be selfish and do what is best for himself while Digory goes out of his way to save Polly and help heal his mother. We can see how the values of Digory are respected, correct decisions by the way Aslan (the fgurative god of Narnia) honors and agrees with the. I feel as though this book make a clear distinction between good and bad decisions, outlining proper values.