Hidden Inside High Fantasy Fiction Essay

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Religion has spread throughout the world playing many important roles in people’s lives. Christianity is about of one of the dominant religions that has influence ideas, traditions, morals and values. However, the spread of Christianity has also become an influence in sports, television, news, movies, music, art, books and other aspects of popular culture. The popularity and importance of this religion have even inspired the world of fantasy fiction. Three of the New York Times Best Sellers are influence by Christianity. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter are successful book series classified as high fantasy fiction. Inside these high fantasy fiction series are hidden Christian themes and symbols. Fantasy …show more content…
Readers go through a journey of Narnia as they follow four siblings who enter this land through a walk-in wardrobe. Filled with allusions and allegories, this seven book series tells an amazing story while referring Christian faith. The first allusion is a representation of the two brothers, Edmund and Peter. Edmund, the spiteful brother, is the representation of Judas as Peter, the noble brother, represents the son of Adam (Slevin). The second allusion is the lion, Aslan. Colleen Slevin, author of ‘Narnia’ promoted to Churches, explains the heroic lion, Aslan, represents Jesus Christ. She further explains that Aslan, “sacrifices his life to save Edmund and is resurrected the next day in plenty of time to defeat the White Witch and her evil minions” which can be a representation of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Slevin). After the release of The Narnia Chronicles, C.S. Lewis finally explains his vision of Narnia as a fictional parallel universe which answers the symbolism of Aslan. According to The Deeper Truth Behind ‘The Chronicles of Narnia, in 1961, C.S. Lewis wrote a letter explaining the story of Narnia is about Christ. He further reveals that, “Since Narnia is a world of Talking Beasts, I thought He would become a Talking Beast there, as He became a man here. I pictured Him becoming a lion there because (a) the lion is supposed to be the king of beasts; (b) Christ is called ‘The Lion of Judah’ in the

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