The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe Essay

1448 Words Nov 4th, 2016 6 Pages
A Rant: Don’t succumb to the Objective Chains of Allegory in C.S. Lewis’ Fantasy Literature Novel: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
As we took refuge in Professor Holsinger’s Masterworks of Fantasy Literature class back in August, he succinctly defined Fantasy Literature as, “making reality more real”. Fantasy Literature is famous for its talking animals, magical powers, utopian/dystopian societies, and exceptionally imaginative plots. After reading and analyzing several foundational fantasy novels, without a doubt, allegory is omnipresent. Moreover, this literary aspect can either hinder or liberalize reading. Reading is hindered by interpreting a novel with a preconceived, objective notion. In clearly associating a distinct understanding while reading, ultimately the novel’s freedom to draw imaginative conclusions is robbed. Furthermore, and unfortunately I must add, Fantasy Literature is often interpreted with an objective, distinct allegory that essentially alters the author’s intention and enervates the fundamental enjoyment of reading i.e., limiting the reader’s imagination.
One novel in particular embodies the limitations of a preconceived, objective allegory: C.S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Ubiquitously colored and interpreted as a Christian allegory, Lewis’ novel is a cornerstone in literature. Some argue that the novel’s Christian allegory is the roots of its success. On top of that, these champions of an objective allegory insist that…

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