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T. S. Lewis Till We Have Faces

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The novel Till We Have Faces is about the story of Cupid and Psyche seen from the perspective of Psyche’s older sister, Orual. Lewis created a new way of understanding and interpreting a story, which has already been told before. However, the novel Till We Have Faces is different compared to The Chronicles of Narnia in which Lewis took the original story of the resurrection in Christianity and turned it into a new perspective through Aslan and the world of Narnia. In the novel Till We Have Faces, Lewis took a Greek myth and created the prehistory of the myth and therefore created the story behind the actual story about Cupid and Psyche. The story is about the ancient Greek gods and the mythology of ancient Greece. Despite the fact that the story is…show more content…
Another aspect is when Orual convinced Psyche to put light upon her husband in order to see him fully. Orual is depicted as Eve, who tricked and persuaded Adam (Psyche) into eating the apple of Eden, even though she knew it was wrong. Further, as Psyche got caught in doing so, the god of the mountain raged and exiled Psyche: “Now Psyche goes out into exile. Now she must hunger and thirst and tread hard rocks. Those against whom I cannot fight must do their will upon he” (Lewis 173-174). Although the rest of the quote (which is not quoted in here) is important in order to understand the essence of the book, the depiction of the exiling of Psyche is a more important aspect when it comes to the depiction of Christianity in the novel. The fact that Psyche “must hunger and thirst and tread hard rocks” (Lewis 174) is a depiction of how Adam and Eve had to leave the garden of Eden and therefore leave the paradise in order to live on earth, which compared to paradise is a place of hunger and thirst and treading hard rocks. The depiction of Christianity and how Orual and Psyche disobeyed one of the gods draws a parallel to Christianity and how Adam and Eve disobeyed
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