Symbolism in The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe.

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Throughout The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe many symbolisms are expressed. It shows many times through the expression of the battle between good and evil as well as the sacrificial notion of Aslan when he died to save the life of Edmund. Aslan in the book is a God like figure represented by a lion,” "That's Jesus, Mama!" shouted my cousin's exuberant daughter, Claire. Her mother was reading to her not from the gospels, but from the climactic scene of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, where a heroic lion lays down his life--allowing himself to be stabbed to death on a great stone table by the book's villain--in order to save the life of a boy who has betrayed him. At the tender age of 4, Claire thus discovered the significance of the greatest lion of Western literature, C. S. Lewis' Aslan (Cahill)”. Though his presence is an untamed yet gentle lion, he is still the embodiment of a Christ-like figure. In the book, the White Witch demands the traitor, Edmund’s, blood stated, “Tell you what is written on that very Table of Stone which stands beside us? Tell you what is written in letters deep as a spear is long on the fire-stones on the Secret Hill?...” (Lewis 141) The Table of Stone represents the cross that which Christ is sacrificed. Aslan sacrificing himself is a symbol of the Christian sacrifice that Jesus made when he gave his life to save all of creation, as in the passage Matthew: 32-56. The book was not originally set to be a book with the Christian symbols, originally suppose to be a straightforward fairytale but quickly turned into a testament of his love for God (Shulevitz). Throughout the book, symbolisms are stated as in the White Witch being the source of evil, and whether we are Christian or not we stil... ... middle of paper ... ... Rpt. in Novels for Students. Ed. Ira Mark Milne. Vol. 24. Detroit: Gale, 2007. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 15 Jan. 2014. Document URL Copied Passage It is no mere coincidence that, as with Adam and Eve, sin often takes the form of eating in The Chronicles. Direct Quote Martindale Paraphrase Pietrusz, Jim. "Rites of Passage: The Chronicles of Narnia and the Seven Sacraments." Mythlore 14.4 (Summer 1988): 61-63. Rpt. in Children's Literature Review. Ed. Tom Burns. Vol. 109. Detroit: Gale, 2005. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 15 Jan. 2014. Document URL Copied Passage Direct Quote Paraphrase
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