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Stealing Past the Watchful Dragons. A Christian Aspect of The Chronicles of Narnia

Maí 2011

C. S. Lewis is an author who has brilliantly managed to attract readers all over the world with his vivid imagery and descriptive narrative, especially in the fantasy genre. His understanding of the enchantment and possibilities that consist in this realm of writing has enabled him to communicate ideas and truths he considered to be important for the human soul. One of his most celebrated works is The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven novels which invite the reader to explore the wonder of an imaginative world of Talking Beasts while picking up little moral treasures along the way. Lewis was a man of great faith and he spent his adult years writing about Christianity and sharing his own journey towards it. When writing The Chronicles, he mixed various ingredients into them to support what he called the real story behind the story, namely the story of Christ.
Some readers may disapprove of the Christian element while others may hold it in high esteem and even though The Chronicles can certainly be read simply as good fantasy stories, it is a fact that Lewis wanted the stories to evoke longing and desire towards Christ. This essay explores how Lewis weaves his faith and theological beliefs into the core of The Chronicles and how he finds the story mode a crucial instrument in sharing the story of Christ and kindling the appropriate emotional response without mentioning religion. It further examines how Lewis portrays the great lion Aslan as Christ, how his writing in relation to Aslan manages to give the reader an experience of the numinous and it considers the similarities between Aslan and Christ, revealing clearly Lewis’s intention with the lion. Lastly, it reviews how Lewis displays the spiritual conversion of an unbeliever, how he relates it to his own experience and how the “undragoning” of Eustace reveals people’s need for salvation.


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