The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe discusses

The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe: It’s hidden religious meaning C.S. Lewis in The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe discusses the hardship the children are going through with the use of his creatively  made up universe called Narnia. The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe take places during the World War II bombings of London. Lucy and her three siblings are evacuated from their home because of the air strikes of the war. As an outcome, they ‘re sent to a country house to live with a man referred to as the professor, far from the war where they will be safe.The youngsters are left alone without their parents. The absence of guardians implies that the youngsters need to oversee in this new conditions they are in. The new existence with the new abnormal environment is a tremendous difference for the siblings. Lucy the most youthful of the four starts to snoop around and finds a wardrobe that transport her to the magical universe of Narnia. In the wake of returning home, she soon comes back to Narnia with her siblings, Peter and Edmund, and her sister, Susan. There, they joined with the mystical lion, Aslan, in the battle against the heinous White Witch. Growing up Lewis was always a man of faith. He even wrote a book called Mere Christianity. A quote he said “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.”(Lewis) So it’s not a surprise he tries to incorporate his religious belief with his novel.  C.S Lewis use of motifs symbolism, a central theme and a huge allegory about the resurrection of christ to emphasizes his beliefs . In The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe  Lewis creates the motif of the changing seasons.  When Lucy first entered the wardrobe she found it to be very cold and snow on the ground. This was due to the fact the White Witch had reigned over Narnia  while Aslan was gone. When Lucy first arrives in Narnia she meets a faun named  Mr.Tumnus. He begins to tell her all about the White Witch and of the terrible things she has made him do for her. How she has him kidnap children to bring back to her.The White Witch has a tendency to turn people stone, almost as if they are ice sculptures. She turns to stone a family of squirrels little party of Narnians who have begun to celebrate Christmas with an outdoor feast.  “Why, it is she that has got all Narnia under her thumb. It’s she that makes it always winter. Always winter and never christmas; think of that!” (Lewis 19). The author Nancy-lou Patterson explains that this quote symbolizes something greater than just an everlasting winter. “With the five words “always winter and never Christmas,” Lewis presents a fundamental structure in which every word is significant.” (Patterson 11) She begins to break down such a simple sentence and elaborates on it. Making it each word symbolizes something significant in the novel.”Always” here means continuously, in the sense of duration, or an on-running, linear state of being, which takes place in Time. “Winter” means a time of severe cold, heavy snow, frozen streams, and long nights. “And” connects or relates two sets of paired terms. “Never” means that within this endlessly continuing winter, there is no moment when the possibility of spring is anticipated, when the nights begin to shorten and the light begins to return. “Christmas” means that the central focus of human history, the moment when the Creator enters His own Creation, to which the cycling years return again and again, is kept outside of Narnian time, and does not bring its yearly gifts of renewal, its to use that untranslatable.” (Patterson 11)This everlasting winter symbolizes a  dead, depressed time. Everyone and everything is in hiding. The plants can’t grow, the animals are in hibernation and the citizens of Narnia are cooped up. It’s a cold and empty land that’s fallen under the control of an evil person.  The White Witch tries to hide any trace of Aslan. But when Aslan returns to Narnia the season begins to change to spring.  All of sudden the flowers start to bloom and  the snow starts to melt.Once Aslan arrives those who were once stoned are freed.  While the winter represented a dead life with the White Witch. The spring represents a long living life.  Within the novel you can mentally see Narnia being rejuvenated.   Another symbol of the book is the wardrobe The wardrobe symbolizes an escape from reality. She finds the closet when she is attempting to discover a place stow away during hide and seek. She finds the extra room and keeps running in.. After she’s done running she finds the wardrobe.In the wardrobe, she discovers all of Narnia. The closet has a more dynamic sense, it doesn’t work all the time”This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!” thought Lucy, going still further in and pushing the soft folds of the coats aside to make room for her. Then she noticed that there was something crunching under her feet. “I wonder is that more mothballs?” she thought, stooping down to feel it with her hands. But instead of feeling the hard, smooth wood of the floor of the wardrobe, she felt something soft and powdery and extremely cold. “This is very queer,” she said, and went on a step or two further.”(Lewis 3) After Lucy’s first excursion to Narnia, she keeps running back to tell her siblings about her revelations just to discover when she went to demonstrate to them the wardrobe it doesn’t lead to Narnia. The wardrobe had a wooden back. Peter and Susan feel that, if something is genuine, it must be genuine constantly, however, the professor proposes reality is more complicated than that. After that Susan and Peter break through to Narnia. The light post outside the passageway to Narnia is also a symbol It fil.ls in as a compass in Narnia and an approach to get back home through the wardrobe when they are prepared to leave. ” In about ten minutes she reached it and found it was a lamp-post. As she stood looking  at it, wondering why there was a lamp-post in the middle of a wood and wondering what to do next,”( Lewis 9)It is said to be that the series  The Chronicles of Narnia, a total of sevens books, each represents one of the deadly sins. The Lion, The Witch, and  the Wardrobe main theme is the dangerously power of gluttony. Gluttony is to be excessively greedy.  Edmund, the second sibling to be introduce to Narnia, first encounters the white witch.”The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle onto to the snow, and instantly there appeared a round bow, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very center and edmund had never tasted anything more delicious. He was quite warm now, and very comfortable.”(Lewis 37)Just as Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge and felt unsatisfied, Edmund continued to eat but always wanted more. He became obsessed with his desire for Turkish Delight, just as sin can start to control. She found him an easy prey. ” Her flattery appeals to his pride and her magical Turkish Delight to his gluttony.” (Downing 93). But it wasn’t the Turkish Delight, a symbol of sin and temptation that made edmund so bad it’s the sudden loyalty to the White Witch and the betrayal to his siblings.While the Turkish Delight could represent gluttony, it can also represent just sinning in general.   She promised to make him king. This fuels Edmund because he has never been able to stand up his old brother Peter and if he is king Peter will forced to listen to everything he says. Lewis foreshadows Edmunds characters future intentions in the beginning of the novel. When we first meet him whilst he’s at boarding school, right away you can see he’s a bully. ” At first, Edmund is only selfished and ill-tempered. But when he deliberately lies, refusing to confirm Lucy’s story and admit that there really is a magic world inside the wardrobe, he does great harm to his own soul. Here is falsehood, pride, and spite all bound up together, a sign that Edmunds downward drift has turned into a descent. Lewis wrote that  rebellion of the will” usually leads to ” fogging of the intelligence,” and Edmunds lie will lead to whole series  of wrong-headed and wrong-hearted choices.”(Downing 93)As Edmund continues to lie things continue to get worse. He doesn’t feel the way the others feel. To him Aslan’s return is a “sensation of mysterious horror” while to his siblings they feel courage and ready support and fight with Aslan regardless of what happens. “Peters brother , Edmund, on the other hand, wants to become king on his own terms.He is resentful, discontented, mistrustful, and fearful with the Narnian world.”(Ward 120)  He soons finds out he was played as a fool by the White Witch, she instead of making him king she makes him a prisoner and lugs him around with her as she rides through Narnia looking for children to kidnap. As said in the paragraph above the White Witch turned a family of squirrels into stone  for celebrating Christmas. He begs the White Witch to spare them which results in getting hit across the face.”Because,” he said to himself, “all these people who say nasty things about her are her enemies and probably half of it isn’t true. She was jolly nice to me, anyway, much nicer than they are. I expect she is the rightful Queen really. Anyway, she’ll be better than that awful Aslan!” At least, that was the excuse he made in his own mind for what he was doing. It wasn’t a very good excuse, however, for deep down inside him he really knew that the White Witch was bad and cruel.”(Lewis 67)  It was in that moment that he knew he had made a mistake and had let his greed of wanting to powerful cloud his judgement of the evil right in front of him. He begin to learn from the mistake  and carry-on and make a better decision on to  how save Narnia towards the end of the novel. When he makes the decision to confront the White Witch releasing all the power that she has over him mentally and he no longer feels the need our power anyone nor does he want to.The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe presents the christian overview through a fantasy novel. After Aslan sacrifices himself to save Edmund from the White Witch he then soon after this is resurrected. Aslan , who represents Christ, was willingly humiliated himself in front of a lot of narnians who sided with the White Witch. He was shaved, tied up,  and taunted. “‘Why, he’s only a great cat after all!’ cried one.’Is that what we were afraid of?’ said another.And as they surged round Aslan jeering at him, saying this like ” Puss, Puss! Poor pussy,” and ” How many mice have you caught to-da, Cat?” and ” Would you like a saucer of milk, Pussums?”… “Muzzle him!” said the witch. And even now, as they worked about his face putting on the muzzle, one bite from his jaws would have cost two or three of their hands. But he never moved.”(Lewis 148-51)Aslan could have easily fought back and demolished every single person in that room including the White Witch, but he didn’t. He knew if he did she cause great harm to Edmund. ” The willing sacrifice, the biblical tone and imagery ( it reminds especially of Isaiah 53: “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth”), and Aslan’s subsequent return to life cleary associate him with Christ.”( Schakel 27) The kids in Narnia are referred to Daughters of Eve and Sons of Adams since in Narnia they aren’t accustomed to seeing humans. Aslan resurrection destroys the power of the deep magic over mankind. His resurrection was joined by an earthquake and he was later found by Susan and Lucy. Aslan at that point goes ahead to revive his stoned warriors so they may battle this war with him against the White Witch and her armed forces.”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”(Lewis 112)  Mr.Beaver recognizes the distinction being a decent individual and being a protective individual. Aslan is a decent lion however in the event that expected to he will battle back and ensure the individuals who stood by him are protected. This connects with the Holy Spirit  going ahead all devotees against spiritual warfare. Aslan at last wins, getting a re-made world or another heaven and earth. The White Witch  could be said Satan with regards to how she treats Edmund. She symbolizes malicious in the Narnia.”She calls herself the Queen of Narnia though she has no right to be queen at all, and all the Fauns and Dryands and Naiads and Dwarfs and Animals—at least all the good ones—simply hate her.” (Lewis 10)Edmund was a traitor and forfeited his life to the White Witch. Just like when someone sins their lives are forfeited to  Satan after they die. Aslan symbolise all that is good in Narnia. He portrays Jesus.  When Aslan dies, the Stone Table breaks. The Stone Table is symbolic of the end of law and the beginning of freedom. The Stone Table could be compared to Moses’ stone tablets that held the Ten Commandments. It could also refer to the temple curtain that was torn when Jesus was on the cross. The curtain represented a barrier between God and people, but when it tore, it allowed anyone to have a relationship with Jesus. Aslan’s death symbolized the end of the White Witch’s power and the beginning of freedom in Narnia. “The rising of the sun had made everything look different -all colors and shadows were changed -that for a moment they didn’t see the important thing. Then they did. The stone table was broken into two pieces by a great crack that ran down from end to end; and there was no Aslan.” (Lewis 161). Just as Jesus rose again to overcome sin and death, Aslan rises again bringing hope back to Narnia. Aslan begins breathing life back into the stone statues left by the White Witch, restoring order and freedom. Cair Paravel is located in the farthest east of Narnia. It symbolizes a ‘holy’ place. The prophecy claimed that the White Witch would be destroyed when two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve sat on four thrones at Cair Paravel. “‘To be sure, to be sure,’ said the faun. ‘How stupid of me! But i’ve never seen a Son of Adam or a Daughters of Eve before.I am delighted…'” (Lewis 11) Lucy and Susan being the Daughters of Eve and Edmund and Peter being the Sons of Adam. It is close to the Emperor-of-the-Sea, a symbol for God.”The castle of Cair Paravel on its little hill towered up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and seaweed, and the smell of the sea and long miles of bluish-green waves breaking for ever and ever on the beach. And oh, the cry of the seagulls! Have you ever heard it? Can you remember?”(Lewis 56)  Cair Paravel symbolizes connection between Narnia and God.. The White Witch beings to lose her magical powers. Aslan the great king of Narnia has returned and brings back all the people and creature that that the White Witch has cursed and the snow that once stuck to floor of Narnia begins to melt away. In the end of The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe  in great triumphs over evil everything works out to everyone advantages. The children invest in Narnia for a long time governing as kings and queens. Until one day they are mystically transported back to England where no time has gone by any stretch of the imagination. Within the Chronicles of Narnia series, you’ll see that C.S. Lewis isn’t generally all that keen on adolescence development to adulthood He doesn’t concentrate on the reality the kids had experienced real stages in their lives in Narnia and to simply transport them back kids with the memory of all it.”It is as hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia as it would be to tell you how the fruits of that country taste. Perhaps you will get some idea of it if you think like this. You may have been in a room in which there was a window that looked out on a lovely bay of the sea or a green valley that wound away among mountains. And in the wall of that room opposite to the window there may have been a looking-glass. And as you turned away from the window you suddenly caught sight of that sea or that valley, all over again, in the looking glass. And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time they were somehow different – deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard but very much want to know. The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more.”  (Lewis)He’s occupied with the powers of good and the innocent energy of youth. At whatever point Lewis’ children characters begin to grow up or develop, they are disregarded and he evokes another character and their voyage through Narnia He needs us to see that their souls, not their bodies all grow up. Throughout the series he carries his biblical themes and the journey of Aslan. Lewis utilization of motifs symbolism, a central theme and a huge allegory about the resurrection of christ to emphasizes his beliefs was very effective.He makes it simple to assemble the pieces on moral story. It’s a transitioning novel and you look as the four children move toward becoming into these courageous being they are.”And they themselves grew and changed as the years passed over them. And Peter became a tall and deep chested man and a great warrior, and he was called King Peter the Magnificent. And Susan grew into a tall and gracious woman with black hair that fell almost to her feet and the Kings of the countries beyond the sea began to send ambassadors asking for her hand in marriage. And she was called Queen Susan the Gentle. Edmund was a graver and quieter man than Peter, and great in council and judgement. He was called King Edmund the Just. But as for Lucy, she was always gay and golden haired, and all Princes in those parts desired her to be their Queen, and her own people called her Queen Lucy the Valiant.” (Lewis 200)Aslan’s ways are not the ways of men and there will always be doing something unexplainable and mysterious about him. He is always coming and going but he will always be around when needed.