The Chronicles Of Narnia Essay

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CS Lewis was a Christian author who used his imagination to both entertain and inspire. The film 'The Chronicles of Narnia', produced by Mark Johnson and Philip Stuer, is a cinematic adaptation of the book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The book is the first in a series of seven books Lewis wrote titled The Chronicles of Narnia. The movie has a very strong alignment with the Bible, some of the ways this is conveyed are: through the use of plot, set design, symbolism, characters and the way the characters represent biblical figures through their role and appearance in the movie. This can be proved by looking at the script and exploring the similarities between the movie and biblical stories, as well as imagery bringing the Christian connection closer.

Plot

The producers of 'The Chronicles of Narnia' copy a variety of ideas from the Bible and apply it to their plot. For example when Lucy enters the world of Narnia, she is immediately drawn to the lamp post; this light could represent Jesus, as Jesus is quoted in the Bible saying "I am the light of the world"(john 8:12). Another example is that many times throughout the film the children are referred to as “sons of Adam” and “daughters of Eve”. This is a clear reference to the Bible, particularly at the beginning of the movie where Lucy meets Mr. Tumnus and he says; “So you are a daughter of Eve?”, followed by Lucy saying; “my mum’s name is Helen”, followed by Mr. Tumnus saying; “but you are in fact human?”, inferring that all humans are descendants of Adam and Eve. At the start of the film the White Witch deceives and tempts Edmund. Just like how Satan tempted and deceived Adam and Eve. Next, when the White Witch said “Behold, The great lion”. It is symbolic of Pontius Pilot saying with such contempt and lack of sincerity, to the crowd “Hail, King of the Jews” (John 19:3). Finally, as Aslan is walking off along the beach Mr. Tumnus assures Lucy that she will see Aslan again. This is symbolic of when Jesus ascended to Heaven and an angel assured the disciples that Jesus would return.

Symbolism

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is an allegory, and in an allegory it is important to understand what the symbols are referring to (http://www.gotquestions.org/Narnia_Lion-Witch-Wardrobe.html) . For example, Aslan’s death and coming to life is a portrayal of Christ’s substitutionary atonement. To begin with, the setting of the movie is during the Second World War in London where the Germans were attacking London with bombers. The setting of war is a way of establishing the struggle between good and evil. It is also a little like the end struggle where we are advised admonished to flee the cities as the children did moving to the castle in the country. The train continued to pick up children along its journey symbolising the church in the end time finding more and more converts. When Susan & Lucy start leaving Aslan’s dead body, they hear a noise, turn around and return. This...

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