There was a light ahead of her not a few inches away where the back of the wardrobe ought to have been, but a long way away. Something cold and soft was falling on her. A moment later she found that she was standing in the middle of a wood at night time with snow under her feet and snowflakes falling through the air.” So begins an adventure that throws four children into a magical country unlike any our world has ever seen. It is an adventure that will fling them into the very palm of evil itself and ultimately deliver them into the heart of good.
Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are caught in a battle between the White Witch and Aslan. They are forced to choose where their allegiances lie. While Lucy quickly leads Peter and Susan in following Aslan, Edmund quietly slips away to join the White Witch. Lucy represents the believer who chooses to follow Jesus while Edmund is an example of the unbeliever who sides with Satan. Through this essay I want to show you Lucy and Edmund’s similarities and differences as well as Aslan and the White Witch’s so that you will see the spiritual allegory portrayed through these characters.
Edmund’s differences from his sister become crystal clear as their story unfolds. The young boy seeks his own interest, crushing others in an effort to fulfill his desires. In pages 38 and 39, seated on the sleigh of the White Witch he betrays his whole family for a few pounds of Turkish Delight. Edmund can also be very cruel. He mocks Lucy when she describes Narnia on page 28. Edmund runs away from the goodness of Aslan, choosing the White Witch instead. He is lured by the prospect of the wealth and power he hopes the White Witch will provide. Instead of hope and freedom Edmund runs to cruelty and fear.
Lucy, on the other hand, accepts Narnia with open arms. She is thoughtful and compassionate. When she comes upon the carnage of Mr. Tumnus’ home (page 65) she refuses to go back to her world until she has rescued the poor faun. In the fifteenth chapter Lucy valiantly comforts Aslan as he makes the painful trek to his execution. Ultimately, Lucy chooses the true King and remains loyal to Aslan until the end.
Despite their differences C.S. Lewis brings out Edmund and Lucy’s similarities as well. The siblings devotions both become clear quickly, as soon as Edmund reaches Narnia in the fourth chapter. They both are trusting, Lucy to Mr. Tumnus and Edmund to the White Witch. The brother and sister easily believe the stories that both parties tell them.
Although they are a major part of the story, Edmund and...