Essay about The Lion, the Witch, and the Theology of C.S. Lewis

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What child could know while watching The Chronicles of Narnia in theaters they were also getting a bible lesson? These tales unearth the theology of writer C.S. Lewis through the heart-felt emotions of joy and sorrow, terror and triumph in this fantasy world better known as Narnia. This is the work of renowned writer C.S. Lewis. C.S. Lewis is remembered and recognized by more people as a Christian apologist of the early and middle 20th-century because of the way his writing thrives with biblical images which present Christian theological ideas in a friendlier way for younger audiences.
“One can almost hear the start of the adventure and feels compelled to follow in the footsteps of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, in The Lion, The Witch,
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The Chronicles of Narnia are not just informative allegories, but rather well-crafted and imaginative children’s fantasies that incorporate Biblical themes throughout in a way that readers, young and old, can appreciate.
One of the literary techniques that Lewis uses to be friendlier to his younger audience is his continuous use of children as his main or leading role characters in all of his writings. Lewis describes Aslan’s creation of the world of Narnia through the eyes of children, which immediately establishes the link between his younger reader and the narrative. As they set foot into a lightless Narnia at the first stages of its creation, it can be viewed as a biblical image of the world before light was created. Lewis uses the children to describe their surroundings: "We do seem to be somewhere," said Digory. "At least I'm standing on something solid." (Lewis, 1988, p.91). The first perception of Digory in this new environment further establishes this connection between the young audience and also is a piece of the puzzle that Lewis uses in his attempt to retell the creation story: “Lewis draws on the Biblical creation story, but does not attempt to directly parallel the story of Genesis.” (Brennan. In Genesis, after creating the heavens and earth, the first thing He does is to create light: "And God said, 'Let there be light.'" (Gen 2:4). It

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