10 October 2013
Novelist Research Report
I chose to do this paper on one of my all time favorite authors, C.S. Lewis and one of his books, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, from his collection The Chronicles of Narnia. Ever since I became a Christian, and I read Lewis book Mere Christianity, I have been hooked on Lewis books. I picked up the Narnia books, not realizing what they were, but because who the author was. I have read each one of Lewis books multiple times, and if I have free time to read, Lewis books some of the first ones I go to. I haven’t spent as much time in Narnia books, and enjoyed reading threw the first couple books and going to continue on threw entire collection again. So even though I have read most of his books many times, I can say that I really never have learned to much about the guy, other than bits and pieces that you pick up from his writings. One thing I do know that going into this paper is C.S. Lewis was a devoted atheist. Lewis believed that God didn’t exist, and the harder he tried to prove that God didn’t exist, the more he came to the conclusion that God has to exist. Matter of fact from that, one of my favorite quotes came to be, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else (Lewis)”. So in this paper I will spend little time explaining the book, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe from the The Chronicles of Narnia. However, most my time will be spent on who C.S. Lewis was, his themes/ideas, and what critics have to say about his work. I hope more than anything that this paper helps me to get a better understanding of Lewis writings, and get a better understanding of who he was. I hope that threw this paper I personally, get to understand more about my favorite author.
“The Lion, the witch, and the Wardrobe” is the first book of the Narnia Chronicles, or should say was the first to be written anyway. The Magician’s Nephew is actually the first to read, even if it was the last one written, it is first if going to read thru the entire Narnia Chronicles. However, I’m going to focus mostly on, “The Lion, the witch, and the Wardrobe”, because it is the most known, and kind of the main book in the Chronicles, or least one most people think of when think of the Chronicles of Narnia, possibly because this is also the first of the Narnia movies. There is four children is this story, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. The children start off the story by staying with their uncle in London, who seems to own a big house. During exploration of the house, they stumble across a room that contains a wardrobe, which will turn out to be a huge part of the story; it’s like a portal between two different worlds. After closer examination, Lucy ends up stumbling upon this portal to another world. She finds herself in the forest, with a faun as the book describes him. In the book there is a picture of a half goat/half man, if unable to picture the faun for yourself. The faun fills Lucy in on what Narnia is, and how it is ran. The faun tells Lucy that he is instructed by the White Witch (queen of Narnia) if he ever see a son of Adam, or a daughter of Eve, that he must tell her. Love that Lewis uses names and things that lead back to the Bible. Finally Lucy must get home, so the faun guides her back to the coats/portal.
As the story goes on Lucy, takes Edmund with her into Narnia to visit, and eventually all the children end up going to the forest, where Lucy guides and teaches the other siblings about Narnia. Toward the end of the book Peter ends up leading a army against the white witch, thanks to the help of Aslan, the Lion, and because Peter listens to Aslan it becomes easy for Peter to defeat the queen. At the end of the story we see the children all receive crowns, and they return to the closet/portal to head home.
So that was just quick rundown of the main plot of the book. The main...
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