Symbolism Between C.S. Lewis´ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and The New Testament in the Bible

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The symbolism between C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the fourth book in The Chronicles of Narnia, and the New Testament in the Bible, particularly the account of Jesus’ death is not merely coincidental because The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is, in fact, an allegory. An allegory is a story with morals in which characters, plots and settings are used as symbols. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis is rich with Christian symbolism even though the allegorical nature of it is the subject of much controversy. Nonetheless, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is an allegory. In this tale, four ordinary children find a wardrobe that leads them into Narnia, an extraordinary land parallel to our universe with talking animal and fantasy creatures. An evil witch has cast a spell of eternal winter over the land and has lured one of the children into betraying the others for enchanted Turkish Delights. Meanwhile, a magical lion, the nemesis of the witch, has arrived after a 100-year absence because of the betrayal of Edmund and ancient prophecies. Soon the children find themselves as involved in the battle as the other creatures and the lion must free Narnia from the clutches of the evil witch and atones for Edmund’s betrayal. The symbolism in the characters, plots, setting, miscellaneous things and themes prove Narnia is, indeed, allegorical The characters in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe are symbolic of other characters featured in the Bible. Peter, the eldest child, became the “rock” everyone clung to. He waged the war against the white witch and he is a representation of the Apostle Peter. Susan, the second eldest child, is seen as the nonbeliever who must always have facts. She is a represe... ... middle of paper ... ...ymbolism to the Bible” SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. n.d.. Web. 22 Mar. 2011. The English Standard Version Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments with Apocrypha. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. Print. Shmoop Editorial Team. "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Quotes." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web.03 May 2011. Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. London: Geoffrey Blessing, 1950 Downing, David C. Into the Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, 2005. Ryken, Leland; and Mead, Marjorie Lamp A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe. Exploring C. S. Lewis's Classic Story. London InterVarsity Press, 2005. Sammons, Martha C. A Guide Through Narnia. Wheaton, Illinois Harold Shaw Publishers, 1979.

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