Till We Have Faces Four Loves And Narnia Analysis

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Many have accused C.S Lewis of being a misogynist. This accusation comes from his lack of support for the feminism movement of the twentieth century. However, while Lewis could not be labeled a feminist, he is far from the misogynist label given to him by critics. Rather than choose to favor one particular gender over the other, in his later life Lewis stated that he had, “a preference for people (Leeuwen 259). This article will analyze the role of gender in Lewis writing, particularly in Till We Have Faces, Four Loves, and Narnia, within the grander context of the twentieth century and seek to prove that Lewis’s statement about his “preference for people (Leeuwen 259)” is true.
In order to understand how Lewis’s idea of gender compares and contrasts with the twentieth century, it is important to first examine what gender looked like in the twentieth century
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One of the most important woman who shaped Lewis view was Dorothy L. Sayers who was able to help Lewis become more open to women. Through her influence, Lewis came to realize that his father had a large impact on the way that he viewed women, saying that prior to meeting Sayers he, “dimly realized that the old-fashioned way (my Father did it exquisitely) of talking to all young women was v[ery] like an adult way of talking to young boys (Leeuwen, 107). While Lewis was greatly influenced by Sayers, he continued to hold on to his, “Platonic notions of gender because they were intertwined with his theology (Bartels 336).” Throughout his years of writing, there seems to be a constant seesaw between his tight grasp on his traditional beliefs and his openness to better understanding women. This is seen in his works Till We Have Faces, published in 1956; The Final Battle, published in 1956; and Four Loves, published in

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