The question then becomes did C.S. Lewis write an allegory or was it just his beliefs influencing his books? According to the Oxford English Dictionary an allegory is defined as, “Description of a subject under the guise of some other subject of aptly suggestive resemblance.” Under this definition at first glance it is believable that The Chronicles of Narnia really was written as an allegory. In the book the Voyage of the Dawn Treader Aslan is talking to Edmund about the world that Edmund is from a...
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...aren’t all the ways to define a fairy-story but these two point out that one thing for sure the Chronicles of Narnia are not fair-stories. However these stories are parallels to the Christian faith that appear allegorical at times. Though Lewis may not have intended it to appear so allegorical there are places where it seems that way. In the end though, it is a story that was created by an author who held strong Christian beliefs and allowed his faith to be an influencing factor in his writing. Lewis never said it was suppose to be an allegory and line up perfectly. He just wanted to suppose for a little while about another world named Narnia.
C.S. Lewis, Voyage of the Dawn Treader p.270
C.S. Lewis Collection of Letters Volume III p. 1004
J.R.R. Tolkien Tree and Leaf p. 14
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