Lewis vs. L'Engle

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Narnia from the Beginning

I finished reading the Magician's Nephew today, having just read LWW, I found a slightly different perspective on LWW. First of all, I see LWW as far more allegorical than I did before.
That is not to say that I didn't believe LWW to be allegorical, but I could see Lewis' argument that it was not necessarily an allegory. There are many parallels to the stories and obviously Aslan is modeled after Jesus in more than one way.
I found that until the tie to the creation of Narnia, and the demonstration of his god-like power that Lewis wasn't making a real direct comparison so much as embodying those Christ-like characteristics into the hero of his story.
The fact that Aslan was there at the creation of Narnia, even singing the song that made it, and that the Witch was there as well, shows a large parallel to the Judeo-Christian mythology. Aslan even knew at the beginning how and when the White Witch was to be defeated; this demonstrates the omnipotence of Aslan or at least a connection to an omnipotent being, similar to Jesus Christ. These two examples in particular from the Creation story drove home for me the undeniablity of the nature of the text. Basically, it balanced the equasion for me, that Lewis would include parts from the entire gospel in his writings proved to me that he was intentional in shaping the world of Narnia around Judeo-Christian mythology.


At 9:05 PM, Blogger Dale Sullivan said...

So, the big events in the Judeo-Christian mythos include creation and sacrifice and (I guess) the end of the world. If these are the major events in this mythos, then to really see the Christian backdrop, we need to read the Magician's Nephew and the Last Battle, as well as the LWW. The other books are not centered on these big events in the Christian myth. I find that interesting and new to me.


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