Interpretation and Analysis of John Fowless Postmodern Novel The Magus
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However, this changes completely when he becomes part of the performance — at first unwittingly. The first story which is about a Swiss shepherd who came to the island to live the rest of his life happily in isolation with his goats is also the shortest. Nevertheless, it communicates the main message of the whole novel: by thyself.
Nicholas sees a parallel in the third story — about de Deukans — to his life, but only the superficial one:. He had been talking of himself and me — the parallels were too close for it to mean anything else. The real parallel is between Nicholas and de Deukans, though.
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Subsequent references to this edition will be made within the text. Form and meaning in the novels of John Fowles. Ann Arbor, Mich. Acheson, James. John Fowles. Like a Tarot card, he can be interpreted in a multiplicity of ways, his meaning constantly shifting on the basis of context and perspective.
Sometimes the upward pointing hand seems most appropriate— indeed, Fowles originally considered using the title The Godgame for his novel. But in many instances, a darker terrestrial, or even infernal, motivation seems to underpin his ruses and machinations. A magician requires an audience, yet Conchis is content to enact the grandest spectacles for a single observer, Nicholas Urfe, a British teacher who has taken an appointment as English instructor at a private school on a sparsely populated Greek island. Certainly few narratives are less predictable in their unfolding than The Magus.
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The complexity of the plot is so pronounced that actor Michael Caine, who starred in the movie adaptation, complained that the film was compromised from the outset since "nobody could figure out what it was about. A story that merely confuses when squeezed into two hours, could keep viewers riveted as, say, a HBO full-season project. At first Conchis seems to be a mere eccentric with a taste for the occult.
He claims to be able to communicate with other worlds, perhaps even with the dead. Urfe is skeptical, yet is drawn deeper into the maze by the strange events that take place at the villa, usually late at night or when no one else is around. A beautiful young lady named Lily appears suddenly one night, and may be Mr. Other personages are drawn into the drama, usually at the most unexpected junctures, and both Urfe and the reader are left with an uncanny sense that some game is taking place, perhaps manipulative or liberating, maybe even both.