Analysis Of The Book 'The Chronicles Of Narnia'

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Clive Staples Lewis, a British novelist, poet, academic, and Christian apologist managed to transcend cultural boundaries with his fictional literary book series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The book series is regarded as a classic of children’s literature and is Lewis’s best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. The books were written around 1950 and have been adapted through several mediums, including film. In particular, the film creation of the first of the seven books, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, made in 2005, presents a problematic dynamic of gender, genre, and religion. The Chronicles of Narnia book series is meant to portray the Christian morality throughout the book series. Therefore, whatever is presented about gender holds merit regarding how the Christian worldview sees gender. Within The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, a particular scene with a man named Father Christmas provides a clear view as to how gender is seen in the series. In this scene, Father Christmas meets the four main characters of the film, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy who are all siblings. Before the children engage in the beginning of a nasty war, Father Christmas provides exclusively gender-specific gifts to the children. The oldest boy, Peter, receives a sword while his slightly younger sister Susan, receives a horn to simply, “call for help,” and a bow and arrow that is not meant to be used in battle. The second boy Edmund also receives a
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