By Martha C. Sammons
A consultant via Narnia was once one of many first in-depth reports of C.S. Lewis's seven Chronicles of Narnia. the point of interest and association of this revised and accelerated version is on why Lewis wrote the books as fairy stories, the simplest "Form" for his rules. it really is written for either scholars and students who are looking to extend their figuring out of those renowned classics. Chapters contain: -Seeing photographs: How the books have been written, chronological summaries, ebook heritage -Selecting the appropriate shape: Why Lewis selected the fairy story shape, fairy story parts and magnificence -Seeing guy as Hero: baby heroes -Stealing prior Dragons: features of spiritual myth, allegory and "supposition," Christian components -Stepping throughout the Door: issues and results of myth -Dictionary of Names and locations Martha C. Sammons is Professor of English at Wright kingdom college.
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6 Why would Lewis choose, as he suggests, to portray Christ as a Lion? First of all, we must remember that Lewis did not begin writing his stories with Aslan in mind. " Yet it must be emphasized that Aslan is not allegorically Christ; in other words, no one-to-one correspondence exists between characters and events and what they "stand for"between the characteristics and acts of Christ and those of Aslan, for example. ' "' After all, we are forced to use symbols for spiritual experience, just as the Bible uses Scriptural imagery to describe God and heaven.
But they are very conceited and illogical: washing dishes before dinner and planting boiled potatoes to save time! They constantly repeat every trivial and obvious pronouncement from their Chief. One can't help seeing in the Dufflepuds a little of his own relationship to God. Although the Magician wants the best for them, they persist in going their own foolish ways or changing what they are for something worse. Instead of allowing Coriakin to rule them by wisdom, they view him in all the wrong ways: "One minute they talk as if I ran everything and overheard everything and was extremely dangerous.
Then, he is the first to believe in the safety of the food and the truthfulness of Ramandu's daughter: "I will drink to the lady," he cries, as he valiantly raises his cup in the air. His quest to reach the World's End has an Arthurian flavor: "The spell of it has been on me all my life," he says. Quivering with excitement at the adventure's end, he is determined to go on: "While I can, I sail east in The Dawn Treader. When she fails me, I paddle east in my coracle. " As he throws his sword into the sea, it stands up with its hilt above the surface like Arthur's Excalibur, a sign of valor.