Lewis vs. L'Engle

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Prince Caspian Post

The scene in this book when the tree spirits come out of the forest for the first time and fall upon the Telmarine army reminded me a great deal of the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. In fact, the two books are similar in a few ways. This scene in particular is similar to LoTR because when the ghost armies come down out of the mountains they easily dispatch the enemy hordes, turning the battle quickly for the good side, just as the tree spirits do in this book. Prince Caspian himself is similar to Aragorn in LoTR seeing as how he left his family and then led his army against the forces of evil, while regaining his crown in the process.
I do think that the comparisons we were making in class between this book and Hamlet are somewhat accurate, but the closer the two are examined the less they seem to be alike. I think that Shakespeare and Lewis are both merely drawing on common English historical themes. I imagine that deceit and treachery in the quest for power are attractive plot lines for any author, although I won't rule out the possibility that Lewis was influenced by Shakespeare, and that perhaps in Lewis' quest to introduce young people to classic literature he would make allusions to great English writers.

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