Allegory In The Chronicles Of Narnia

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C.S. Lewis is the author of the popular book series: The Chronicles of Narnia. In The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis utilizes the understandings of Augustine as well as his own understandings of myths to help better explain concepts of Christianity for younger generations. Despite C.S. Lewis’s claims, The Chronicles of Narnia qualifies as an allegory due to the way the characters and events in the book series are portrayed similar to those in biblical text. The presence of the Christian allegory becomes more and more apparent as The Chronicles of Narnia series goes on. In the first book of the series, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, concepts of Christianity quickly became evident with the introduction of Aslan, who is the creator and one…show more content…
Once out of the water, Eustace realizes he is no longer a dragon anymore; he is a boy again. Eustace is “born again” through a process of self-confrontation and can not have done it without the help of Aslan. In biblical text, the events of the baptisms with John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth performed in the New Testament are similar to Eustace’s “baptism” in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. In showing the correlations of The Chronicles of Narnia and Christianity, C.S. Lewis’s purpose in writing The Chronicles of Narnia was to show that a myth has truth in it. In Myth became Fact by C.S. Lewis, he explains how “While we are loving the man, bearing the pain, enjoying pleasure, we are not intellectually apprehending Pleasure, Pain or Personality. When we begin to do so, on the other hand, the concrete realities sink to the level of mere instances or examples…. Of this tragic dilemma myth is the partial solution. In the enjoyment of a great myth we come nearest to experiencing as a concrete what can otherwise be understood only as an abstraction.” (C.S. Lewis, Myth became Fact, 65-66). This helps to explain why and how myth has truth in it and why C.S. Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia. Being
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