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The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe

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Through the use of Christian symbolism, conflicts, and imagery, C. S. Lewis implements his religious background into his literary works.
Within The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis creates a question in the reader's mind on whether or not the story was meant to symbolize a Christian allegory. Throughout the story, Lewis utilizes the use of symbolism through his characters, their actions, and the places they travel. All of the main characters in the novel symbolize something within the Holy Bible. The Pevensie children are evacuated from war-torn London and sent to live in the country with Professor Kirke, an eccentric old man. While playing hide and seek on a rainy day, Lucy, the youngest Pevensie, discovers a colossal wardrobe in an empty room. She decides to hide inside, but "she had, of course, left the door open, for she knew that it is a very silly thing to shut oneself into a wardrobe" (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Lewis, 7). She discovers that the wardrobe has no ending and it leads to a world full of snow and strange creatures. Lucy meets a faun, Mr. Tumnus, and she follows him back to his home. Mr. Tumnus confesses that he is a servant of the White Witch, Queen Jadis. He states, "I had orders from the White Witch that if I ever saw a Son of Adam or a Daughter of Eve in the wood, I was to catch them and hand them over to her" (Lewis, 21). This is when the reader sees the first sign of symbolism. Lucy is extremely trusting. She represents children and their absolute innocence. When she enters back into the real world, she starts yelling that she is back and she is alright. However, her siblings have no idea what she is talking about. After they hear her story, the three eldest Pevensie children follow Lucy back to the wardrobe only to discover that it is a plain wardrobe and there is no fantastical world on the other side. At this moment, the reader begins to see the parallels between The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and the Holy Bible. "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Holy Bible, Matthew, 18:3). By being an innocent child and untainted by the evils of the world, Lucy was able to truly believe in what she was seeing. Therefore, she was the only one of the children who could enter Narnia in the beginning of the story.
Later in the story, Edmund sees Lucy disappear into the wardrobe and he follows her. To his dismay, he enters the magical world of Narnia. He meets Queen Jadis and she enchants him with candy, Turkish Delight. Edmund embodies several different symbols throughout the story; however, in this instance, he represents humanity and their willingness to sin for objects of their desire. Throughout much of the rest of the story, Edmund experiences a deep yearning for more Turkish Delight. This also symbolizes human greed, one of the seven deadly sins. Peter and Susan, the two oldest Pevensie children, do not believe...

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