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Writing Techniques in The Magus

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Techniques

The technique Fowles uses in The Magus gives it richness, complexity, and mystery, all of which mirror its theme. The protagonist, Nicholas, has a rational, cynical view of life which must be challenged. To do this, Conchis exposes Nicholas to the mysteries of the godgame, which intrigue and challenge him. As the mysteries unfold, Nicholas tries to decipher their meaning rationally and logically. So, too, does the reader. Each time Nicholas arrives at a conclusion, which seems logical and sensible, the reader, too, is prone to believe it. Then Conchis, the magus, unmasks the players and the logical answer proves false.

Using such a technique, Fowles brings the reader, along with Nicholas, to the truth behind the masks: the need for Nicholas to choose truth by choosing life in a world of hazard. The technique of unmasking players and plots demonstrates Fowles's concern with stripping away appearances so as...

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