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.
- Guilt and Blame.
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
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.
A 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.
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
Narnia itself displays another theme, transformation. When the children enter Narnia, it is stuck in winter…
Don’t worry about the world ending today…
as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand