Medieval Elements in the Chronicles of Narnia Essay

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1 ABSTRACT 2 Table Of Contents 1 Abstract 1 3 List of Abbreviations 3 4 Literature Review 4 4.1 Lewis and the medieval period 7 5 Chapter one: A Medieval Atmosphere in The Chronicles of Narnia 8 5.1 Genre 8 5.2 Allegory 8 5.2.1 Biblical Themes 9 5.2.2 Aslan-Christ parallel 11 5.2.3 Allegory to Genesis in The Magician’s Nephew 12 5.3 The Faerie Queen, Paradise Lost and the Chronicles 12 5.4 The seven sacraments, seven virtues or the seven deadly sins 13 6 Chapter Two: The Heavens of Narnia 14 6.1 The stars in narnia 14 6.2 The seven Planets 15 6.2.1 The influence of Jupiter in The lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 15 6.2.2 The influence of Venus in The Magician’s Nephew 15 6.3 The Air of Narnia 16 7 Chapter Three: The Longaevi Of Narnia 17 7.1 A place for everything 17 8 Chapter Four: The Talking Beasts of Narnia 19 8.1 The Chain of Being in Narnia 20 8.2 The Lion in medieval literature and the Chronicles of Narnia 21 8.3 The Ape in medieval literature and in the chronicles 22 8.4 The phoenix in medieval literature and the Chronicles 22 9 Conclusion 24 10 Reference List 26 3 LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS LWW The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe MN The Magician’s Nephew PC Prince’s Caspian LC The Last Battle DI The Discarded Image 4 LITERATURE REVIEW Lewis was a prodigious writer, publishing over forty books in his lifetime, in addition to writing journals, essays, and letters, and giving scholarly lectures and public talks. These, in turn, have inspired a vast corpus of biographies and criticism, including a number of books focusing on The Chronicles of Narnia. Paul F. Ford’s Companion to Narnia: A complete guide to the Magical World of C.S Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia is written in an encyclopaedia

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