Lewis vs. L'Engle

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Time Question

In Narnia and in WiT there is a very distorted sense of time. L'Engle does a much better job of keeping time consistent throughout her novel then Lewis does. For example, Lewis states that every year in regular time is equal to three years in Narnia in one of his books, but in another, hundreds of years or more have gone by over the course of one year. There is no consistency in time, nor is there any explanation for the discrepancy. Also, the 4 children spent years and years in Narnia during the Golden Age, but when they returned no time had been spent at all. Time continues in no particular order at all in The chronicles of Narnia.
In A Wrinkle in Time, L'Engle explains somewhat the different types of time in different worlds. They say that there are planets that have time that go forwards and backwards and 3-D. So there is not way of telling how much time has been spent according to another world's time. Furthermore, L'Engle makes it possible to take Time Wrinkles. These extra explanations free L'Engle from the contradictions that plagued Lewis' chronicles. Since Lewis was a major inspiration to L'Engle, it seems to me that she saw these contradictions in his work and sought to correct them in her own writing.


At 8:30 PM, Blogger Dale Sullivan said...

You have a good start on an idea here, but it needs more development. I would like to see some direct quotations with page numbers. I think you're right, that the notion of the relativity of time in L'Engle is more clearly developed than in Lewis, but they both share the notion that you can get out of chronos into another time dimension. For L'Engle that is kairos.


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