The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, uses analogy to tell about God`s interactions with his creation and how great and loving God is. This analogy represents different things in the
Bible many times, from Aslan taking Edmund`s place at the Stone Table to making a new world, with a recognizable England and Narnia but better, in The Last Battle. Aslan is God in Narnia, or is he? I believe Aslan represents God, because they share some similarities, but they do have some differences.
In this essay, I compared God and Aslan as seen in the Bible and The Magician`s
Nephew, and have similarities and differences between Aslan and God. In the next section, the third paragraph, I have similarities, in the fourth paragraph I have …show more content…
However, when Aslan was creating Narnia, he sang, and when God created, He just spoke (Lewis 107 and Genesis 1). In Genesis 1, God said many times “It was good” for He was talking about His creation (Genesis 1). It also says: “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light (Genesis 1).’” There is a difference between singing and speaking. God created humans different from everything else he had created, molded in His image and likeness (Genesis 2), but
Aslan made a cabby and his wife the first king and queen, but he did not create them (Lewis 149-
152). The Magician`s Nephew says: “Aslan threw up his shaggy head, opened his mouth, and uttered a long, single note…when all of a sudden a young woman…and stood beside her
(Polly)…the cabby`s wife” (Lewis, 149). In other words, Aslan summoned the cabby`s wife to
Narnia (Lewis 149). When Aslan created the animals, they grew out of the ground in Narnia, but not in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1-2 and Lewis 122-123). Wait, this is interesting. In Genesis
2: 19, it says, “Now the Lord had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and birds of the sky (Genesis 2:19)”. Does the Bible mean it literally, or does it mean something else and C.S.
Lewis used it as a parallel in The Magician’s Nephew? Aslan sang while God spoke to create a world, and only God created humans in His image.
I view Aslan as Jesus in Narnia! They created worlds and inhabitants (Lewis 107 and
Genesis 1)! They know
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In the novel, the main theme is to recognize good between evil in people. All four Pevensie children were faced with this concept and dealt with it in different ways. When Peter, Susan and Lucy first heard of Aslan, they were filled with joy, strength and hope. Meanwhile,
When C.S Lewis wrote fiction, he did so in an allegorical way. Symbols, hidden messages, plot, values and/or morals were lurking in his literature for readers to discover and think about. His passion for theology lead many Christian readers to believe that most of his work was written with hidden biblical context. Which may have come in direct conflict for this audience in specific; Lewis himself said “In a certain sense, I have never ‘made’ a story … I see pictures” (Lewis). His theology background influenced the vivid description of this image, perhaps giving many details that correlate with Christian values. According to Naomi Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia specifically the first book The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe where we read about and interpret the Christ-like role of Aslan, who dies to save Edmund and rises again and the pilgrimage by the main characters. In addition, Lewis shows through his writing his personal view: Fantasy and Christianity are not enemies, as the Christians of old would think; by having “centaurs, fauns, real animals, and fabulous creatures pass with humans through the golden gate” in his final Narnia book (Lewis). Controversially, this book is considered a series for children; yet Lewis lets his imagination roam almost loose when he composed it, touching taboo subjects that were considered “inappropriate” for the younger generation of his
Many people have heard a story about four children that entered into another realm by walking through, what seemed like a simple wardrobe. What many people have not heard of or taken the time to analyze in the story is the significances in the character's lives. Two of the most prominent characters in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, are, undoubtedly, the Lion, Aslan and the White Witch. In this book, they have both taken their turn ruling over Narnia and now are in a struggle for power over it. Although Aslan, King of all, ruled with hope and love his reign was quite distinct from the White Witch who usurped the kingdom with hate and despair.
Aslan, the lion king epitomizes the greatness of Narnia and the creatures that it inhabits. Aslan displays Christ-like traits by having power that is unmatched and being unquestionably benevolent. He shows forgiveness after rescuing Edmund from the White Witch. Aslan tells his brother and sisters, "Here is your brother and-there is no need to talk to him about what is past" (p.153).
When the Aslan goes to meet his certain death at the hand of the Witch, the narrator refuses to give a description of some of the creatures present for fear "the grownups would probably not let [children] read this book..." (165). This technique establishes a friendly connection with reader. The narrator shows a sense of concern for the well being of the readers, assuring them that he is on their side. Yet another connection is the associative connection. Lewis uses words that a child can associate with. Every child knows, loves and anticipates the idea of Father Christmas, and so when Lewis explains that the White Witch has kept Father Christmas out of Narnia, he instills an idea in the reader's mind that the Witch must be a terrible person. At another point in the book, Aslan warns the children, "if the witch is to be finally defeated before bedtime we must find the battle at once" (191). Here, Lewis uses a word, bedtime, which every child has heard and is familiar with, allowing the child to better understand the story. Again, when Aslan (the symbol of Christ) dies, a child may be able to better sympathize with the death of an animal rather than that of a great figure who lived two thousand years ago. Even the fact that Lewis credits the resurrection of Aslan to the Deep Magic provides a medium that explicates the much harder theological implications found in the Bible (Brennan).
Once the veil was torn Jesus was resurrected and it created a gateway for all Christians to go to heaven after death. Lewis puts Aslan on the Stone Table to take place of Jesus and his resurrection after being tortured on the cross, then makes Aslan save Narnia as Jesus saved us by dying for all our
This was my perspective on the book the back when I didn’t know any better but as I grew as a reader I realized that Aslan is an apt symbol of Jesus Christ himself. All the evidence pointed towards him as a clear match. This interpretation doesn’t necessarily apply to the religious kind but it does help to have some religious literacy. Once you realize that Aslan is the abstract symbol of Jesus Christ you can perceive him as a leader, magnificent, holy, highly admired and loved by many. As expected, in the book Aslan is killed on the Stone Table (think back to Jesus Christ’s death on the crucifix) by the White Witch who is the epitome of evil (think back to the people who sent Jesus Christ to his crucifixion). Utilizing memory, symbol, and pattern in this reading made the book more enjoyable and relatable. Without a doubt I appreciated every little thing that occurred with Aslan after this realization, in the rest of the series.
Aslan is a spirited lion with a mighty roar and compelling eyes. He has golden fur and a long mane. He is very wise, which helps him choose the best decisions. Everything he decides to do is for a good reason or at least hopes for the best out of it. He is kind and compassionate towards the people he meets and always seems to make a strong impression on them. Aslan is an extraordinarily powerful character, however, he can still get soft and depressed when times are rough. In all, he is seen as a good-natured creature, but has a more unpredictable and wild side to him.
When I was a little girl, all of my friends would say that they would like to be one of the Disney princesses, and to fit in I would say that I wanted to be one too. It wasn’t until one of my elementary school teachers read the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to the class. Those moments in the classroom made me instantly fall in love with the book and sparked my inspiration for one of the main characters, Aslan the lion. Throughout the story he is known as the one who rules Narnia. He is such an immensely powerful and influential creature that his presence affects everyone around him. He’s an extremely selfless character and is a fearless leader. Those reasons make me aspire to be like him.
Aslan is a representation of adulthood and the idea of having responsibilities and reaching full maturity. In the story written by C.S Lewis, we learn each member of the Pevensie siblings have different charcter aspects that determine their view on Aslan (adulthood). Peter the eldest of the Pevensie siblings is the most courageous and brave of them. This shows the Peter is very mature and can face difficult obstacles that come in his way. His reaction was bravery and adventure, showing that he looks forward with confidence in his future and may be the most ready. Susan Pevensie, the second oldest, reacted with delight. Susan looks forward to her future also; delights, even, in the idea of being a woman and maturing completely. Edmund
The director interpreted the meaning of the scene using the details from the book because some of the parts of the scene had an emotional parts that would have a big impact and would make the movie better. A detail is that when Lucy and Susan touched Aslan's mane because he wanted to know if they were there and he was lonely so that was emotional and impacting. This supports my answer because it shows how emotional it was when Aslan was sad and lonely and his face almost touched the grass and was limping and then he asked them to hold him so he won’t feel lonely. Another detail is that when Aslan's was sad and not doing anything in the book it made me feel sad and angry because he was getting tortured but he didn’t do anything and that was
One of the major visions of such symbolism is with the main character Aslan, the noble lion of Narnia. Aslan is the main character and also many would argue he is the character that stands out the most as Lewis’ greatest literary creation as well as his greatest representation of Christ. This literary Christ figure plays an imperative role in the details of Narnia, just as Christ played a pivotal role to the Christian faith. One of Aslan’s primary functions, given by Lewis of course, was the role of enabling people to discover the true meaning behind themselves, basically the truth behind lives. Aslan being such an overpowering figure in Lewis’ chronicles, helps people who might otherwise be locked inside their own personal prison, break free and confront the unfound truth of themselves. Lewis tells readers that he purposefully created Aslan’s story to re enact Jesus’ actual incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. Lewis once wrote a letter to an elementary school class saying, “Let us suppose that there were a land like Narnia, and that the Son of God, as he became a Man in our world, became a Lion there, and then imagine what would
Though large parts of The Magician’s Nephew give magic and evil the attention, the book is also about life, especially it's source. In Narnia, the source of life is Aslan. C.S. Lewis portrays Aslan as God. Aslan represents God in three ways, he is the creator of Narnia, he is the provider, and he is all-powerful.
In both novels, Aslan represents the figure of Christ. The Magicians Nephew has Christian parallels, reflecting particular aspects of The Book of Genesis, such as the creation of earth and Aslan creating Narnia. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Aslan is a Christ-like figure who suffers a death of expiation for Edmund’s sin, and resurrects much like the way of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Not only does the infrastructure of these two novels shed light on stories from the bible, using characters to do so, the characters themselves also have similar qualities to the people in the bible they represent. Similar to the Trinity of the Holy Church, during the series of novels, Lewis writes about the “Emperor Beyond the Sea”, Aslan, and Aslan’s breath. Aslan’s father is known as the Emperor Beyond the Sea, just as God is Jesus’ father, as well as Aslan’s 'long warm breath' gives
Aslan is the true king of Narnia, just like God is the true king on Earth; all of Narnia’s occupants have faith in him, and obey him. He generally comes to Narnia to aid its leaders and heroes on important missions to thwart evil. He watches over Narnia constantly, although he does not solve all of its problems for its residents. Aslan also periodically brings humans from Earth, both to help Narnia, and to teach people an important lesson. As he appears in Narnia, Aslan is a large, talking lion who is terrifying, magnificent and beautiful at the same time. He appears in different sizes to different people, although he, himself never changes. As people grow in wisdom and character, they can perceive more of his greatness. Aslan is very knowledgeable, and a powerful force of good, but as Narnians often say, “He’s not a tame lion.” He is dangerous and an unconquerable enemy, but unquestionably good.