Essay about The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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Through the use of Christian symbolism, conflicts, and imagery, C. S. Lewis implements his religious background into his literary works. Within The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis creates a question in the reader's mind on whether or not the story was meant to symbolize a Christian allegory. Throughout the story, Lewis utilizes the use of symbolism through his characters, their actions, and the places they travel. All of the main characters in the novel symbolize something within the Holy Bible. The Pevensie children are evacuated from war-torn London and sent to live in the country with Professor Kirke, an eccentric old man. While playing hide and seek on a rainy day, Lucy, the youngest Pevensie, discovers a colossal …show more content…
At this moment, the reader begins to see the parallels between The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and the Holy Bible. "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Holy Bible, Matthew, 18:3). By being an innocent child and untainted by the evils of the world, Lucy was able to truly believe in what she was seeing. Therefore, she was the only one of the children who could enter Narnia in the beginning of the story. Later in the story, Edmund sees Lucy disappear into the wardrobe and he follows her. To his dismay, he enters the magical world of Narnia. He meets Queen Jadis and she enchants him with candy, Turkish Delight. Edmund embodies several different symbols throughout the story; however, in this instance, he represents humanity and their willingness to sin for objects of their desire. Throughout much of the rest of the story, Edmund experiences a deep yearning for more Turkish Delight. This also symbolizes human greed, one of the seven deadly sins. Peter and Susan, the two oldest Pevensie children, do not believe Lucy about Narnia until they go to Professor Kirke with concerns that Lucy may be mentally insane. Much to their surprise, Professor Kirke says that Lucy is perfectly sane and there is a magical place called Narnia on the other side of the wardrobe. Consequently, Peter and Susan are able to believe in, and later visit, Narnia. The Pevensies meet several

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