The Wardrobe Symbolism

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| The World In The Wardrobe | | | | | | Just as threads of color and images are woven into a tapestry, so is Christianity woven into the story of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The movie, based on the novel by C. S. Lewis, weaves the underlying theological themes of good and evil, temptation, sacrifice, and salvation into this awe-inspiring tale in a way that is palatable for audiences of all ages. The story begins in 1940, during World War II when four siblings, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie, are being evacuated due to the London Blitz by Nazi Germany. The children are sent to live with Professor Digory Kirke in the English countryside. It is at this home that the Wardrobe…show more content…
The White Witch finds out of Aslan’s return by way of Edmund and demands a meeting with Aslan. The Witch reminds Aslan of the deep magic that was put into Narnia from the beginning by saying “every traitor belongs to me as my lawful prey and that for every treachery I have a right to kill.” According to this magic which is symbolic of The Old Testament, Edmund’s blood must be shed on the stone table for being a traitor. Aslan compromises with the White Witch and offers his blood in exchange for Edmund’s blood. Aslan says, “There is a deep magic more powerful than any of us that rules over Narnia. It defines right from wrong and governs all of our destinies—yours and mine.” The White Witch accepts Aslan’s offer and renounces her claim on Edmund. Here Lewis is drawing a parallel between the deep magic, God, and the Old Testament. He is clearly stating that there is a definite line that has been drawn between good and evil and the blood of the lamb or the lion is the only hope for the salvation of humanity. Jesus, as well as Aslan, knew their destiny and were willing to sacrifice their lives in exchange for the sins of mankind. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). “Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.” (Romans 5:18) The execution of Aslan plays out much like the cruxification of Jesus. Aslan, just like Jesus, is taunted and humiliated, even spit upon. His mane is shaved, symbolizing the stripping away of this power which was also symbolic of strength for Samson in the Old Testament. He is bound and killed. Early the next morning Lucy and Susan return to find the stone table broken and Aslan resurrected before
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