Within The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Lewis exemplifies the lion, Aslan, as Jesus Christ. The lion’s unconditional love for anyone that comes to him for help is exemplary of Jesus’ for all his sheep. “Aslan gave himself so Edmund could be saved. Likewise, Jesus sacrificed his own life so that mankind could receive salvation” (Rize 1). With Aslan representing Jesus, he is willing to do anything for the love of his people, even those that have strayed. Within humanity there are many sinners, but Jesus died so everyone, including the wrongdoers, could eventually go to heaven. His followers found this to be a conflicting because they did not understand why the criminals deserved the same love from him they received. Edmund and the Witch thought the same thing of Aslan when he volunteered to die in Edmund’s place. This shows the profoundness of Christ and Aslan’s behavior that may never be understood in its entirety. “Aslan is a simultaneously a frightening and benevolent lion… [The Pevensie children] are [not] horrified so much
These two passages rely on the retelling of stories from the Bible – the story of the Fall from Grace in the Garden of Eden in the Old Testament and the story of Jesus’ feeding of the hungry with an endless supply of loaves and fishes in the
Nor will they, like Edmund and Helen, submit to a premature death in the water; instead they pursue a spiritual transience that will lead them to an earthly state of transcendent grace.
The C.S. Lewis novel, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe takes the crucifixion of Christ and adapts it in a fantasy novel. He cleverly weaves together both entertainment and religious themes into a classic children's book. He uses the New Testament's account of the event in order to tell a story of redemption through the character Edmund, who betrayed and caused Aslan, his savior, to suffer the
Upon reaching the creek, the child proceeds to jump back across, seeing that the stones he is using are all stained red from the blood of those more fortunate to have fled earlier. Looking back across the creek towards his followers, he notices that upon reaching the water the men appear to have reached their goal and begin to drink, however they are able, some even dunking their heads, but that upon obtaining the water they had not the energy to back away or pull themselves out and they die there as they lay. Waving his sword overhead to spur on the rest of the men, the boy motions onward through the brush, toward the beacon of light shining in the sky. Upon making his way up to the crest and seeing the column of fire reaching into the sky the child begins to dance and cavort with his shadow; not a living thing is in sight but that is of no importance for the child is pleased by the spectacle. Rushing here and there, looking for additional fuel to throw on the fire, the child is disappointed to find everything is too heavy, so in surrender he flung his sword instead.
In Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem, ”The Cry of the Children” Browning’s choice of the title was meant to draw readers to both read and reflect on the troubling social/economic issue of using children in the mines to provide cheap labor for economic gain. This poem is written from the perspective of both the children who are working in these horrible conditions and a troubled observer, questioning their circumstances. “Do ye hear the children weeping, O my brothers,/ Ere the sorrow comes with years?/ They are leaning their young heads against their mothers, —/ And that cannot stop their tears.” In the beginning lines of the poem Browning introduces the children and their loss of innocence. Asking why these children carry such pain so early in their young lives (Porter). Browning then goes on to reminisce how the animals of the field and the flowers in a meadow exist with less suffering than these forgotten children. “The young lambs are bleating in the meadows;/ The young birds are chirping in the nest;/ The young fawns are playing with the shadows;/ The young flowers are blowing toward the west---/ But the young, young children, O my brothers,/ They are weeping bitterly!---” (Porter). The poem continues with descriptions of their cries for mercy and escape, knowing their cries will fall on the deaf ears of both God and man “Who is God that He should hear
The symbol in the story lies mainly in the title. If you are familiar with the bible (or you researched the title) you will find out that the allusion ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ means ‘unaware of an impending catastrophe’. So in the story, we have three lambs. The first being Mrs. Maloney, not expecting what her husband is bound to tell her when he comes home, the second being Mr. Maloney, when is wife sneaks up on him and kills him and the third being the leg of lamb itself, the murder
A Christ figure can share attributes with Jesus and be the antagonist of the story. In Thomas C. Foster’s novel How to Read Literature like a Professor, he analyzes what a Christ figure looks like in literature. He argues that a character who shares personality traits and or physical characteristics with Christ is a representation and reflection of Jesus. Similarly, in Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Poisonwood Bible, her character Nathan Price believes he is synonymous to Christ while in reality, he is far from perfect. She uses irony to exploit the idea of the Christ figure. The use of irony as seen in Kingsolver’s novel, up-ends Foster’s claims as to what makes a Christ figure by creating a character who assumes he is Christ yet does not reflect Christ’s attributes.
“There seemed to be nothing to see; no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields. If there was a road, I could not make it out in the faint starlight. There was nothing but land…I had never before looked up at the sky when there was not a familiar mountain ridge against it. But this was the complete dome of heaven, all there was of it. I did not believe that my dead father and mother were watching me from up there; they would still be looking for me at the sheep-fold down by the creek…. I had left even their spirits behind me. The wagon jolted on, carrying me I knew not whither. I don't think I was homesick. If we never arrived anywhere, it did not matter. Between that earth and that sky I felt erased, blotted out. I did not say my prayers that night: here, I felt, what would be would be.” This new surrounding is the beginning of an adventure for
The Eye of the Sheep, written by Sophie Laguna is a strong example of how memorable texts can both disturb the reader as well as instil hope. The novel follows the story of the narrator Jimmy Flick, a young, unusual boy and his family. Laguna’s writing style and use of language throughout the text enables the reader to feel the pain and distress in Jimmy’s family without ever losing hope that things will work out. One of the ways in which she does this is through the use of Jimmy’s voice, as it allows the reader to feel the positive energy bubbling inside of Jimmy, while still witnessing the problems that Jimmy’s family have to deal with, such as his father’s drinking habits. Another way is the manner in which the characters are constructed. All the members of Jimmy’s family have multiple facets to them. They are all complex characters that have both light and darkness within them. Through these cleverly constructed characters, Laguna how even good people can do disturbing things. While reading the Eye of the Sheep, there have been multiple different perspectives that have enriched my own interpretation of this text, that again show different facets to the story.
"during the ten to twenty minutes they sat on the rock, a particular kind of contentment, unlike any other he knew. He did not know what this was, in words or ideas, or what the reason was; it was simply all that he saw and felt. It was, mainly, knowing that his father, too, felt a particular kind of contentment, here, unlike any other, and that their kinds of contentment were much alike, and depended on each other" (26).
Jesus is like the water a person drinks, it is a must to survive. I believe, that everyone has their idealized image of a social figure he or she does not know such as Martin Luther King, John F, Kennedy, and Malcolm X to name a few. Each of these people at one point has been portrayed in entertainment and people do not know if what is being portrayed is true. According to Yancey (1995), he described “Jesus as thin, handsome, skin waxen and milky white man” (p.13). However, after Yancey attends college, he begins to ponder, who is the real image of Jesus, aside from what is being portrayed in movies, or other entertainment? Sometimes, in life, people can go off what they have seen or heard about a person and not really understand the person. While, I am a granddaughter, of a minster, I have been told stories about who Jesus is, but have I seen him as the person he is deep down? The purpose of this paper is seeking to discuss the summary of the book, The Jesus, I Never Knew. I will be talking about Philip Yancey’s take on what he thinks of Jesus. I also will be discussing, some of Philip Yancey strengths and weakness about his book.
As Wendy Martin says “the poem leaves the reader with painful impression of a woman in her mid-fifties, who having lost her domestic comforts is left to struggle with despair. Although her loss is mitigated by the promise of the greater rewards of heaven, the experience is deeply tragic.” (75)
In "The Lamb," Blake uses the symbol of the lamb to paint a picture of innocence. The lamb is a symbol of Jesus Christ. The lamb is also a symbol of life. It provides humans with food, clothing, and other things humans need to survive. The line "For he calls himself a Lamb" is a line