March 29, 2011
March 29, 2011
Theme of Good Versus Evil in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
In The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe the theme of good versus evil are unequivocal and unconcealed. C.S. Lewis illustrates this so eloquently with the use of the almighty Aslan whom along with the Pevensie children fight to overthrow the nefarious White Witch. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe captured the attention of children with its use of brave heroes but also kept adults hanging on every word with its heinous villain. Mr. Tumnus said it best how Narnia has suffered since evil has taken over “ Why, it is she that has got Narnia under her thumb. It’s she that makes it always winter. Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!” (Lewis 19)
Aslan’s return to Narnis brings the spring thaw, new life, and new hope. Wrong will be right when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrow will be no more,
When he bares his teeth winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane we shall have spring again. (Lewis 79) Even though Aslan is often absent from Narnia when evil intercedes itself into his beloved land he is quick to return to his duties as guardian and savior of Narnia. In Prince Caspian he tells Lucy "Things never happen the same way twice, dear one". (Prince Caspian) Aslan is represented as a Christ in lions clothing. He allows his blood to be spilled to atone for Edmund’s sin.(The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) Again proving his pure nature. Aslan after rising from the dead breathes upon the stone statues in the torturous castle and restores life to those who the Witch had kept frozen with fear. (Hammond) With the help of the son’s of Adam and daughter’s of Eve Aslan is able to triumph over the rogue White Witch.
The White Witch embodies the true spirit of evil with a sarcastic twist. She travels in a sleigh pulled by reindeer adorned with bells...