C. S. Lewis The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

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Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. HarperCollins, 1978. Print.
In this story, four siblings named Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie are sent away from London to live in the country with Professor Kirke due to the Second World War and the air raids. On a rainy day, Lucy discovers a place called Narnia after stepping inside an enormous wardrobe. When she returns home, she eagerly tells her siblings about this secondary world, but they do not believe her. It is not until Peter and Susan are persuaded by the Professor that they decide to trust their sister and follow her inside the wardrobe. Once the four of them enter Narnia, the adventure begins. In this magical world, they go on a journey, where they face many obstacles
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Her first book chapter, “Boy-Girls and Girl-Beasts: The Gender Paradox in C.S Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia” was published in the collection, C.S Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia. The chapter focuses on the gender ideology and feminist interpretations of Narnia. Rodriguez takes a feminist standpoint in her essay and comments on the way the female characters are portrayed throughout the story. She notices that although most female characters, such as Lucy and Susan are present during the adventures, they are not as important as the male characters. They are seen more as worldly subjects, where the boy’s always lead in Narnia (boy’s world). In the second part of her essay, she brings attention to the gender injustice done to Susan. Rodriguez analyzes Susan’s situation and explains why Susan is the only character that is excluded from the last book due to her maturity and need to fulfil her sexual identity. Overall, this source is not only helpful because it supports my argument on gender discrimination, but I can use it when I analyze Susan’s character and her role in the story. I will be able to compare Susan’s character from C.S Lewis’ first novel to her last with the help of this
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