Narnia - in Search of Christian Symbolism Essay

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University of Bern, Department of English “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” from The Chronicles of Narnia In Search of Christian Symbolism 17.12.2008 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was written by Clive Staples Lewis as the first novel of The Chronicles of Narnia, which tell the adventures of four siblings who are exploring the magical world of Narnia. The narrative contains a wide range of allegoric elements which add profoundness to its apparent structure. In order to fully understand the meaning of Lewis’ chronicles, it is important to know what the symbols and motives are referring to. Even though C.S. Lewis denied any intention of Christianisation, some similarities to the Biblical gospel are too obvious to be ignored. For example, Aslan’s death and his resurrection are distinct allusions to the sacrifice of Christ. Furthermore, the snow which covers Narnia throughout the year is a symbol of death and can only be defeated by the birth of Jesus which is represented by the event of Christmas. Hence, this essay discusses two of the most striking symbols and shows their Christian meaning by comparing them with the Biblical gospel. To begin with, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe presents a very Biblical portrait of Christ in the character of the lion Aslan, the King of Narnia. By representing Jesus as a lion standing for power, strength and beauty, Lewis finds a way to make Jesus more accessible to children. The story line does not hold on strictly to the Biblical gospel but presents some of its features in a fictional context without changing the basic message. The great King Aslan willingly humiliates himself and sacrifices his life to save Edmund who has betrayed him, just as Christ gave away his life to save mankind. Through Aslan's death, Edmund is permitted to live as his sin has been washed away. Similarly, mankind is

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