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Patty Jon Patty Mrs. Serrell English 4-6 3 February 2006 A Symbolic Approach to C.S. Lewis ’, The Chronicle’s of Narnia There are many writers in today’s society that use symbolism, but there is non greater than C.S. Lewis. C.S. Lewis is known today for his symbolism filled stories. The most popular of which are The Chronicles of Narnia . These stories are filled of talking creatures and alternative worlds. These stories, however, are also filled with a lot of symbolism. C.S. Lewis uses this style of writing to draw in his readers. Most of the symbolism in his writings is dealing with Christian themes. In The Chronicles of Narnia , Lewis uses symbolism in different animals and creatures to create a more colorful approach to Christian themes. C.S. Lewis is now one of the greatest Christian writes to have ever lived; however, this has not always been so. Lewis actually started off being an atheist. As he grew older he began to write books. He then became great friends with J.R.R. Tolkein. Tolkein challenged Lewis to a “contest”. He asked Lewis to see who could sell the most Christian books written by a non-believer. This is how the two authors got started on writing books dealing with symbolism. This is also how both writers became a Christian. In the first book of the series, The Magician’s Nephew , Lewis writes about two kids who are playing in an attic between their two houses. One of the kids’ uncle’s is a magician and has many things up in the attic that the kids start messing with. The kids 1
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Patty eventually find these two magic rings that they can transport to different worlds with. In one of the worlds that they encounter they find out that it is only just one giant field. As they begin to walk around they hear some singing. The singing ends up coming from the great lion, Aslan. Aslan “sings Narnia into existence” (Walsh 8). At this point,” the black heavens suddenly gleam with countless stars. Out of nothing, hills emerge and take shape” (Lewis 62). Lewis is clearly trying to create a God like figure in Aslan. He is portraying the creation in a different sense with this recreation. Lewis is trying to create a warm loving creature in the minds of children. Lewis uses Aslan to symbolize God in this first book (Walsh 8). Another way Lewis uses symbolism in The
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