The Parallels in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Christian Doctrine

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Children and adults around the world have read and enjoyed C.S. Lewis’s series, Chronicles of Narnia. The seven books in this series contain tales of a fantasy world with talking fauns, lions, dwarfs, unicorns, and other mythical beasts. Is this series of children’s literature simply a collection of fairy tales or do these fantasy novels hold a much deeper meaning? Many scholars believe that the Chronicles of Narnia is an allegory of Christian Doctrine. The series may not be a direct allegory, but the tales of Narnia do parallel biblical truths. The first book in the series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, contains many parallels to the Gospels found in the New Testament of the Bible. C.S Lewis’s life experiences and personal philosophies made quite an impact on all of his writings, but especially in The Chronicles of Narnia series beginning with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Clive Staples Lewis, better known as “Jack”, was born on November 29th, 1898 in the Northern Ireland town of Belfast and raised in a happy Protestant home in that small town (Wilson 8). In 1908, Lewis’s mother, Flora, died of cancer and this had a profound and lasting effect on Lewis’s life. Soon after his mother’s death, Lewis’s father, sickened with grief, sent him and his brother, Warnie, to a boarding school in London called “Wynard House” (Manlove xiii). In Lewis’s autobiography he describes this boarding school as a “concentration camp” (23) as the pupils are hit with a cane and verbally abused by the headmaster, Reverend Robert Capron. Many traumatic events plagued Lewis’s childhood and teenage years, which caused him to soon lose his faith in God. Scholar David C. Downing writes that Lewis began to “associate Christianity with condemnation” of oneself or others “for not living up to God’s standards (10). Lewis found Christianity and all other religions to

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