The Main Themes of Chronicles of Narnia

The religious symbolism behind the Chronicles of Narnia

CS Lewis explained in a letter to Arthur Greeves in October 1931, that he set out his story of Aslan as a retelling of the “actual incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection.”

Lewis does not tell us what Jesus Christ is like; he shows us what Aslan is like, and allows us to take things from there by ourselves.

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The Main Themes of Chronicles of Narnia



  • Good vs. Evil. In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, good and evil are straightforward and undisguised. …
  • Compassion and Forgiveness. 
  • Betrayal
  • Guilt and Blame.
  • Courage


       The Natural World and Magic






Love, hope and faith???

Better start writing my own book, based on these themes, then!


“Better get ‘crack’n/weaven’ then, craig”…as my dear mom often used to say to me



“Life is God’s novel; so let Ultimate Source write it, as it unfolds…”

– me (as inspired by the words of Isaac Bashevis Singer)


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In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, four children travel through a wardrobe into another world. Author C.S. Lewis weaves various themes throughout their adventures in Narnia. This lesson describes some of those themes.

Themes in the Story

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to a brand new world in an instant? In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a children’s fantasy novel from 1950 written by C.S. Lewis, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy get to do just that. Throughout their adventures in Narnia, Lewis uses several main themes to give the reader lots to think about.

theme can be described as what a story is about or what a story says about a topic. Lewis discusses the themes of good vs. evil, betrayal and forgiveness, courage, transformation, the natural world, and magic in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Theme: Good vs. Evil

One of the main themes is portrayed through Aslan and the White Witch: the theme of good vs. evil. From the first time the children enter Narnia together, Edmund wonders how they can decide whom to trust. It becomes clear that the White Witch is evil through her actions of turning others into stone, trying to control others, and even kidnapping Edmund through a deceitful promise of Turkish Delight. The White Witch has taken control of Narnia, only until Aslan, the power of good, comes back to fight against her and gain it back.

Theme: Betrayal and Forgiveness

The theme of betrayal is centered on Edmund’s decision to follow the White Witch over Aslan. Edmund gets led astray by the Turkish Delight and the White Witch’s charms. He is willing to betray his own family in exchange for the promise of power. Peter, Susan, and Lucy reveal the symbol of forgiveness in their decision to love him despite his actions. Aslan supports this theme when he asks the children to never speak of Edmund’s betrayal again. In the last chapter, they end up not telling Edmund about Aslan’s sacrifice for him, revealing the theme of true forgiveness, the kind that doesn’t expect anything in return.

Theme: Courage

The theme of courage is revealed mostly through Lucy’s character, who ventures into Narnia bravely. Peter demonstrates courage when he’s required to kill the wolf that comes after his sister. Aslan leaves Peter to fight the wolf, teaching Peter bravery and to fight his own battles.


Theme: Transformation, The Natural World and Magic

“The untapped potential in every human being is limitless: we are perfectly capable of producing, all by ourselves, true magic.”


Narnia itself displays another theme, transformation. When the children enter Narnia, it is stuck in winter…




“The world’s journey is my journey and my (our)  journey is the world’s journey.”
“Sharing, informing, enlightening, encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even) inspiring”


Don’t worry about the world ending today…

as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

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6 thoughts on “The Main Themes of Chronicles of Narnia

  1. Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog/comment and/or kind thought(s)


    I’ve had many many hundreds of thousands (“zillions”) of comments on my various other WordPress blogs at
    in recent years …true!) …obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share. However I am unable to keep up with the comments and was spending entire days just on replies on my various blog pages.

    Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s a few books there). so sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), I got swamped with comments on my various blogs, so have had to close them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular interest to me – sorry and hope you can understand.

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”

    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a

    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”

    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…

    and you may even hit the stars.”

    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

    – Leonardo da Vinci

    “When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”

    – c

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”



    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,

    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,

    or Beethoven composed music, or

    Shakespeare wrote poetry.

    He should sweep streets so well

    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,

    here lived a great street sweeper

    who did his job well.”

    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.


    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

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    Don’t worry about the world ending today…

    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand


    “I wish you well on a rainy day
    I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
    To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
    to remind you that happiness can happen
    when you least expect it.

    I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
    to show you the simple beauty of life
    and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

    I wish you rainbows
    I wish you well.”

    – Larry S. Chengges

    ”Since I can never see your face,

    And never shake you by the hand,

    I send my soul through time and space

    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)


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