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Till We Have Faces By C.S. Lewis

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“Till We Have Faces” is definitely C.S. Lewis’s most beautiful and thought provoking work of fiction. It is a retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche. Like Lewis’s retelling, Psyche in the Greek myth is the most beautiful of the three sisters, but instead of just Orual visiting Psyche after the sacrifice both sisters come, and unlike Orual they could see her palace. The two sisters became very jealous of Psyche’s beautiful palace and of all the riches and happiness Psyche now possessed. They spitefully devised a plan and convinced Psyche to look on her husband’s face, which she was forbidden to do because he was a god and he did not want her to know. In “Till We Have Faces” Orual ...view middle of the document...

His less than fatherly attitude contributed greatly to Orual’s bitterness and her distorted view of true love. The Fox, Orual’s tutor, was the only parental figure she ever truly had. He was a Greek slave that her father had bought to teach his future son that he hoped for but never received. He unknowingly and certainly not meaningfully placed some of the bitterness towards the gods in Orual’s heart.
Orual, in the beginning, truly loved Psyche with a love a mother would have for her own child. And how could she not? Psyche was very beautiful and very kind. She exemplifies true, pure love and is very much like Woogler and Woogler’s archetype Mother of Us All. She is selfless and puts others needs and wants far above her own. Not only does she show this kindness to her loved ones but she shows it to complete strangers. When the commoners of the kingdom were sick and starving she went out and touched them, because they believed she had supernatural healing powers, despite the fact that she could have become sick and died. No matter the terrible things Orual said and did to her she was quick to forgive.
Despite Psyche’s example to her of real love, Orual’s love turned ugly and false. Her once motherly love turned into a love tainted with jealousy and possessiveness, and sadly she did not even realize it. She became so concerned with her own desires and her own happiness that she no longer cared for the well-being and happiness of Psyche. Her bitterness against the gods had so overtaken her that she could not see who she truly was. She truly...

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