Clive Staples Lewis was born into a Christian family in Belfast, Ireland on November 29, 1898. Which is odd because most Irish families at the time were Catholic or Protestant. He had only one brother, Warren Hamilton Lewis, who was three years older and always a close friend. Which is also odd because I always thought Irish families were really big, at least in this time period. Lewis grew with a passion for nature and fell in love with Richard Wagner's songs and legends of the north ("C.S. Lewis"). This is evident in his Chronicles of Narnia series later as nearly every scene is in a vivid colorful background of wooded forest or wide rolling plain. His early childhood was quite uneventful until his mother, Flora Augusta Hamilton Lewis, died when he was nine. Unfortunately, Lewis's dad did not deem to be up to the task of parenting. Lewis's dad, Albert James Lewis, soon after sent both Warren and him to boarding school in England. Lewis later said, "With his uncanny flair for making the wrong decision, my father had given us helpless children into the hands of a madman" (Lindsle). As it turns out the headmaster soon was declared insane and the school was closed. It would be so weird if our principal went to a loony bin. Of course it would explain a lot also. After switching schools a couple of times, Lewis eventually abandoned his Christian faith. I was very surprised to... [continues]
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