The Magus Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What kind of novel is this novel and how does the narrative structure play into this framework?

This novel is equal parts psychological study and mystery thriller which uses the narrative structure of the mystery thriller to develop the psychological study.

2. What does the main character of this novel learn and how long does he have to gather this information?

Nicholas Urfe spends a summer learning frightening truths about himself along with the nature of life in this novel.

3. What realization does Nicholas come to in regard to Alison and then about himself?

Nicholas comes to realize that he is both using Alison and lying to her and then realizes that he doesn't know any other way to be.

4. How does the character of Mitford describe life on the island to Nicholas and what does he speak mysteriously about?

Mitford describes life on the island as being very dull and then speaks of a man who isn't dull and may have collaborated with the Nazis in World War II in a mysterious manner.

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