The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

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There was a light ahead of her not a few inches away where the back of the wardrobe ought to have been, but a long way away. Something cold and soft was falling on her. A moment later she found that she was standing in the middle of a wood at night time with snow under her feet and snowflakes falling through the air.” So begins an adventure that throws four children into a magical country unlike any our world has ever seen. It is an adventure that will fling them into the very palm of evil itself and ultimately deliver them into the heart of good.

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are caught in a battle between the White Witch and Aslan. They are forced to choose where their allegiances lie. While Lucy quickly leads Peter and Susan in following Aslan, Edmund quietly slips away to join the White Witch. Lucy represents the believer who chooses to follow Jesus while Edmund is an example of the unbeliever who sides with Satan. Through this essay I want to show you Lucy and Edmund’s similarities and differences as well as Aslan and the White Witch’s so that you will see the spiritual allegory portrayed through these characters.

Edmund’s differences from his sister become crystal clear as their story unfolds. The young boy seeks his own interest, crushing others in an effort to fulfill his desires. In pages 38 and 39, seated on the sleigh of the White Witch he betrays his whole family for a few pounds of Turkish Delight. Edmund can also be very cruel. He mocks Lucy when she describes Narnia on page 28. Edmund runs away from the goodness of Aslan, choosing the White Witch instead. He is lured by the prospect of the wealth and power he hopes the White Witch will provide. Instead of hope and freedom Edmund runs to cruelty and fear....

... middle of paper ... influence in the four children’s lives (145, 35-39). Finally, when either one of them comes on the scene a change takes place, (128-133, 154-157).

But for me the most powerful moment in the story, second only to Aslan’s resurrection, is when the White Witch comes to bargain for Edmund’s life. You can imagine the fear that gripped him, yet despite the words the White Witch flings at him he says nothing. C.S. Lewis writes, “But Edmund had got past thinking about himself…He just went right on looking at Aslan. It didn’t seem to matter what the Witch said.” The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe reveals the power of forgiveness that Christ shows to us. It reminds us that no matter how long we’ve clung to the other side Jesus will always accept us. We can be forgiven, if we keep looking at Jesus.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
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