The Childlike And Biblical Connotations In The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

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The Childlike and Biblical Connotations in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

  Throughout his writing career, CS Lewis has been known for writing many books with a hint of biblical connotations in them. As Kathryn Lindskoog states, "CS Lewis is known for opposing the spirit of modern thought with the unpopular Christian doctrines of sin and evil" (2083). Lewis himself has said, "You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life or death to you" (Freaks 60). Although his belief in God has not yet presented itself in that manner, he continues to devote his time to the artful presentation of what he believes to be true about God and man, as observed by Dr. Bruce Lockerbie (177). The second book in the Narnia Series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is no exception. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis uses the vehicle of a children's fantasy novel to present latent Christian theology and beliefs.


Children who read the Narnia Series do so for the action and excitement. Authorities say that they are likely to accept the actions and ideas without doubts of how real the story may be (Who's Who 29). Lewis uses childlike images to create deeper meanings than what might otherwise be accessible. One of the most noticeable is the fact that throughout the Narnia Series, the use of children as the main characters establishes a physical connection with young reader. When the main characters grow older, they are told they are not to come back. In Prince Caspian, after the children have helped to defeat Miraz, Aslan warns Peter that he and Susan are too old to enter Narnia again (236). Lewis keeps the main characters young, keeping the age connection with young readers. Another connection brought about occurs when the narrator of the story seems to talk straight to the reader. When the Aslan goes to meet his certain death at the hand of the Witch, the narrator refuses to give a description of some of the creatures present for fear "the grownups would probably not let [children] read this book..." (165). This technique establishes a friendly connection with reader. The narrator shows a sense of concern for the well being of the readers, assuring them that he is on their side. Yet another connection is the associative connection. Lewis uses words that a child can associate with. Every child knows, loves and anticipates the idea of Father Christmas, and so when Lewis explains that the White Witch has kept Father Christmas out of Narnia, he instills an idea in the reader's mind that the Witch must be a terrible person. At another point in the book, Aslan warns the children, "if the witch is to be finally defeated before bedtime we must find the battle at once" (191). Here, Lewis uses a word, bedtime, which every child has heard and is familiar with, allowing the child to better understand the story. Again, when Aslan (the symbol of...

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