C. S. Lewis: Narnia and Christianity

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Have you ever wanted to free yourself from the terrors and troublesome times of modern society and escape to a magical place? Clive Staples Lewis, or C.S. Lewis as he is better known, created such a place, in his extremely popular children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia. In these books, Lewis has an underlying message about Christianity. He represents four key aspects of Christianity in this series: Christ and God, evil in the world, and faith. In The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis introduces us to a great and powerful lion named Aslan. C.S. Lewis is quoted in saying, “He is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question, ‘What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia, and He chose to be incarnate and die and rise again in that world as He actually has done in ours?”(Snyder and Baehr). Aslan is, according to Mr. Beaver in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, “He’s the Lord of the whole wood……………I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea” (Lewis 78-79 LWW). Aslan is interpreted in the series by many as a Jesus Christ-like figure. The actions that he does and the words that he says would confirm that interpretation for most people. In the very beginning of Narnia there was nothing, just darkness. Then Aslan appeared and created the whole world of Narnia; the plants, the water, and the animals. Also, Aslan picks two animals of the same species (one male and one female) and gives them the power to be talking animals (Lewis 104-125). In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, when Lucy and Edmund Pevensie have to go back to earth Aslan tells them that he will be there also. “It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you the... ... middle of paper ... ... in a way that they could easily understand. Works Cited Page Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. New York: Scholastic, 1950. 78-79. Print. Lewis, C.S. The Magician's Nephew. New York: Scholastic, 1955. 66-67. Print. Lewis, C.S. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. New York: Scholastic, 1952. 247. Print. McGrath, Alister. "The religious symbolism behind the Chronicles of Narnia." BBC. N.p., 21 Nov 2013. Web. 3 Mar 2014. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/24865379 Shmoop Editorial Team. "Aslan in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 5 Mar. 2014. Snyder, Dr. Tom, and Dr. Ted Baehr. "Christian Symbolism in Narnia." The Christian Broadcasting Network. Christian Broadcasting Network, n.d. Web. 3 Mar 2014.
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