The Lion, The Witch, And The Theology Of C.S. Lewis

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What child could know while watching The Chronicles of Narnia in theaters they were also getting a bible lesson? These tales unearth the theology of writer C.S. Lewis through the heart-felt emotions of joy and sorrow, terror and triumph in this fantasy world better known as Narnia. This is the work of renowned writer C.S. Lewis. C.S. Lewis is remembered and recognized by more people as a Christian apologist of the early and middle 20th-century because of the way his writing thrives with biblical images which present Christian theological ideas in a friendlier way for younger audiences.
“One can almost hear the start of the adventure and feels compelled to follow in the footsteps of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, in The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe, siblings who run from the inevitable horrors of the London Blitz”, to the outskirts of the area where they stumble upon a house of an old Professor. An empty room with nothing but an old, dusty wardrobe sparks the curiosity of young Lucy. After the other three children leave, Lucy decides to scope out the inside of the wardrobe. “As Lucy steps inside she finds herself in the middle of a wood[s] in [the] winter in the magical world of Narnia.” (Ford. www.uctv.ucsb.edu) The Chronicles of Narnia are, without a doubt, the most recognized works of the writer C.S. Lewis. Although they are recognized by a lot of people as just simply children’s fantasy novels, a lot of adults, students, and theologians see so much more in these mere childish novels. In the Narnia Chronicles, Lewis wants his audience to envision Jesus Christ himself through the character of Aslan the lion and through the use of the symbolic lion, Lewis is able to tell his tale of certain memorable events in the lifetime of Jesus to childish audiences in a new way that is easy for them to interpret and make sense of. Children are able to both enjoy and relate to the fantasy which lurks in the world known as Narnia. The Chronicles of Narnia are not just informative allegories, but rather well-crafted and imaginative children’s fantasies that incorporate Biblical themes throughout in a way that readers, young and old, can appreciate.
One of the literary techniques that Lewis uses to be friendlier to his younger audience is his continuous use of children as his main or leading role characters in all of his writings. Lewis describes Aslan’s creation of the world of Narnia through the eyes of children, which immediately establishes the link between his younger reader and the narrative. As they set foot into a lightless Narnia at the first stages of its creation, it can be viewed as a biblical image of the world before light was created. Lewis uses the children to describe their surroundings: "We do seem to be somewhere," said Digory. "At least I'm standing on something solid." (Lewis, 1988, p.91). The first perception of Digory in this new environment further establishes this connection between the young audience and also is a piece of...

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