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The Magic Theater, which I believe to be “a world of pictures, not realities,” (178) is a reflection of Haller’s own mind. I also believe that when Haller enters the Magic Theater he is completely separated from reality because the elixir allows Haller to see what his own soul seeks; thus, the Magic Theater serves as an important learning ground for Haller, for it helps him to “see everything through the eyes of Harry and the old spectacles of the Steppenwolf” (176), which is meant to help him see his true self, as he sometimes failed to see before.
In addition, the Magic Theater shows Harry his “past life had been false and full of stupid unhappiness” (199). These regrets and mistakes in his past help him to gain understanding of life so that “he can rearrange these pieces of a previous self in what order he pleases,” (192). Therefore, the Magic Theater also serves, as the chess player pointed out, to show Haller that life’s obstacles and decisions are “all the hundred thousand pieces of life’s game” (217) that’s in his pocket. For this reason Haller will be able to control his own life, to not make the same mistakes again. Rather, he will be able to relive every moment in life again as it is meant to be live.
As Haller simultaneously learns how to laugh in the Magic Theater, he is intrigued by the events that take place within the Magic Theater. In one instance, within the Magic
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Haller now chooses to live and enjoy life with his renewed spirit and understanding without being so critical and serious about everything in life. This attitude will help Haller lead a happier life, one that he has never experienced nor imagined before. For this reason, Haller wishes to “begin the game afresh,” (217), and with the experience and knowledge of the events he obtains from the Magic Theater, I believe he can play this game of learning how to live life without being so critical better than the one he played before.