Love And Relationships In Till We Have Faces By C. S. Lewis

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Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis contains Themes and symbolic events that occur several times during the novel. Many of them revolving around Love and Relationships. A story of a princess, named Orual, who writes a complaint towards the Gods. She feels an immense responsibility to be both the fatherly and motherly role model to her youngest step-sister, Psyche. While, she must struggle with her father, King Trom, and living with misfortune in the kingdom, she has conflicted feelings of love towards Psyche, when it is discovered that she had married Ungit’s son. Ungit being the God who Psyche was sacrificed to in the story. As the novel continues the relationship between Orual and Psyche begins to fluctuate. Orual demonstrates the different …show more content…
Both of them and their tutor, Fox, made a strange family, but a stable one. In “C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces and the Transformation of love” journalist Nancy Enright, writes about this families’ love and affection towards each other. With Redival not even being in the equation. “Redival, the middle sister, is completely left out of this scenario.” (TWHF and the Trans. Of Love, Page. 8,) Once again, amongst intense caring between these characters, there is one who is practically nonexistent. When she is acknowledged, Redival bullies Psyche. The readers can tell that she is jealous or aggravated, whether if it is of Psyches beauty or for being …show more content…
In the start, it seems that she had only disliked the gods because of her inadequate lifestyle. The kingdom was filled with famine and the crops would not flourish. Her sisters, but mostly her, where living under the roof of a king who was abusive towards them. Overall the place was made to be looked as if it was gloomy and depressing. As the story continued, her resentment towards the gods became more and more obvious. After Psyche’s supposed “sacrifice”, it felt as if the story was making it seem that Orual detested the gods because they took away what she loved most. Towards the end of the story, Orual begins to understand what her actions of “love” did to her sister, fox, and others. She didn’t give love, which in her mind she thought she knew how to give love. It could be possible that she might have mistaken what love really was. “Some say the loving and the devouring are all the same thing.” (TWHF, Ch 5. Pg, 49) She devoured it. When the fox had the desire to leave, after he was freed, she did not expect it. Eventually, making him feel guilty, he stayed out of love for her. One way of interpreting her real complaint is that she was mad that the gods had access to her sister’s love and she felt that she did not receive that same love from Psyche. Orual accused the gods of stealing Psyche’s love for her. When she reads her complaint to the gods, she spoke only the truth. “We’d rather you drank their

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