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An Overview Of "The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe"

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The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was one book out of a collection that reveals The Chronicles of Narnia. It was written by Clive Staples Lewis, better known as Jack Lewis. In this story, Lewis uses his characters to address several key points of interest such as: betrayal, forgiveness, and pride. Lewis uses these key points to reflect on Christian themes. This essay will compare "Deep and Deeper Magic from the Dawn of Time", the significance of the cracking of the Stone Table, and the role playing of prophecies. It will discuss how this story is a supposal, an example of symbolism, and how it could be called "just magic."
There were several significant characters in this story: Aslan- a lion, Edmund - a little boy, The Emperor-Beyond- The- Sea, Father Christmas, and The White Witch. The story begins when a group of siblings: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy discover Narnia from entering into the wardrobe. It is Lucy's childlike faith that begins the adventure. In this magical land they will befriend many mythological characters. They will meet the White Witch and Aslan, the lion who will change their lives for eternity.

In the story Edmund's character is somewhat ambiguous. He displays betrayal, deceit, and pride. He lies about his first trip into Narnia saying it's "just for fun, of course. There's nothing there really" (Lewis, 1950, p. 48). Edmund's statement is mean and spiteful and lets Lucy down. Next, Edmund meets the White Witch and begins to follow her. He overindulges in a delicious dessert called Turkish Delight. He grows very greedy over this fine candy and continues to betray his siblings knowing that the witch is evil. His pride shows when he comes across the stone lion in the courtyard. While in the courtyard he displays a prideful gesture of mockery by "scribbling a moustache on the lion's upper lip and then a pair of spectacles on its eyes" (p.103). Edmund's character is a representation of man because we do sinful deeds, but we are never too far gone that redemption is not an option. The story displays this when Edmund is being mean and deceitful and then slowly transforms into an admirable, brave warrior. When the witch was defeated Peter says, "It was all Edmund's doing, Aslan. We'd have been beaten if it hadn't been for him" (p.195).

Aslan, the lion king epitomizes the greatness of Narnia and the creatures that it inhabits. Aslan displays Christ-like traits by having power that is unmatched and being unquestionably benevolent. He shows forgiveness after rescuing Edmund from the White Witch. Aslan tells his brother and sisters, "Here is your brother and-there is no need to talk to him about what is past" (p.153).

Just as Christ separates our transgressions from as far as the east is from the west. Later, he sacrifices his life for Edmund, just as Christ sacrificed his life for all of mankind. This sacrificial expression was governed by the mystical laws set forth by The-Emperor-Beyond - The -Sea.


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