The Magician's Nephew Themes

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Creation vs. Destruction

One of the central contrasts in the novel is between creation and destruction, or beginning and end. This contrast can be seen most effectively through the creation of Narnia and the destruction of Charn.

When Digory and Polly arrive in Charn, they feel that Charn is dead, cold, and empty. There are no people and no other forms of life. The landscape is in ruins. The buildings often don't look very safe, and the place looks like it has been deserted for years. A red sun hangs in the sky, and Digory feels that it is much older than the one in London. It feels to him like a sun that was at the end of its life, tired of being in the sky and looking down on Charn. After Digory wakes Queen Jadis, the buildings further crumble around them. Polly and Digory dislike Charn. It...

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