Witch And The Wardrobe Allusion

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as an Allegory The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written by C.S. Lewis, is filled with symbolism and mythological influences, both Christian and non-Christian. These influences manifest themselves in the forms of allusions and parallels. C.S. Lewis uses these allusions and parallels between the real world and Narnia in order to present his work The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as an allegory. It is important to note the factors that influenced the writings of C.S. Lewis. Lewis described himself as an atheist when he was in his younger years (Schakel 1). His lack of belief may have been caused by the death of his mother in 1908 and the fact that he spent the subsequent six years in various boarding schools in England. …show more content…
This claim is not unfounded; Peter and Edmund are referred to as “sons of Adam” (“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” 172). This a direct reference to Adam of the Bible. In the same fashion, Susan and Lucy are referred to as “daughters of Eve.” This is a direct reference to Eve of the Bible. It is also claimed that Lewis’s perception of good and evil is based on the biblical Fall of Man (161). Despite all of this, here is some debate about C.S. Lewis’s view of Narnia. James Russell claims that Narnia is Lewis’s version of an idyllic Christian nation (62). On the other hand, Michael Nelson claims that it is more than just a wishful thought and that it is Lewis’s version of heaven (236). C.S. Lewis masterfully tells a fictional children’s story while weaving in elements of his faith. Aslan’s divinity, sacrifice, and resurrection are clear similarities between him and Jesus Christ. Likewise, the White Witch’s evil and her dictatorial rule clearly show the link between her and Satan. These two major characters play huge roles in conveying Lewis’s message and in helping to present The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as an

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