Biblical Figures in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Topics: Jesus, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Aslan Pages: 2 (526 words) Published: November 17, 2011
Stephen Pease
Mr. Clough
28 August 2011
A reader would not expect that C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe would be comparable to the Christian Bible. But there is one key parallel shared between the two; Aslan from C.S. Lewis’s novel and Jesus from the Bible are both Messiah like figures. It has been a controversial topic for many readers. Some believe that it is merely coincidental, and others believe that C.S. Lewis meant to make obvious parallels between the two. One of the comparisons that could be made between them is that they both are the sons of a powerful being. Jesus is the son of God, creator of the universe. Aslan is the son of the Emperor over the Sea, a mysterious authority figure over Narnia. This is a strong parallel between the two. Another similarity between the two texts can be seen when Aslan and Jesus both are being prepared to be sacrificed. In The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the Witch’s subjects cut off Aslan’s mane and make fun of him. Aslan was tied up and put on a stone table and a muzzle was put over his mouth. Very similarly to Aslan, Jesus was nailed to a cross. He was tortured and humiliated by the Roman Soldiers, and had a crown of thorns placed on his head. Another parallel is that Jesus died for all our sins. Aslan decides to give up his life to save Edmund, and for the fate of Narnia. Aslan is portrayed as a forgiving and loving individual. He forgives Edmund even though he had previously been working with the white witch and betrayed him. Just as Jesus who forgives all of mankind as long as they believe in the word of God. When Aslan dies two of the children who were very close to Aslan, Lucy and Susan, stay after he is killed to give him a proper burial. After witnessing their leader being butchered, they leave Aslan. After hearing loud a noise behind them, they turned back around to discover that the stone table had cracked and Aslan’s body is missing. They heard a voice and when...
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