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Jamie Cox Dr. Sonya Cronin REL3112-01 2/6/12 Almost Allegory: The Chronicles of Narnia as a Supposal In the epic series by C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia , there are several situations that seem to be very similar to passages from the Bible, especially when it comes to the character of Aslan, who is the God figure, but for The Chronicles to be considered allegorical there would have to be one-to-one mapping between this series and the Christian Bible on every level and in every character in a way that is not present. C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia is not an allegory, but instead a supposal, as there is not enough evidence to support the claim of allegory without every character in The Chronicles having a matching character in the Bible and many of Lewis’s characters do not adhere to the story of their Bible match or vary from character to character, for instance, Edmund or the White Witch; also, Lewis interjects his views of society into The Chronicles , as shown in his portrayal of women, in a way that detracts from the story and removes the series farther from allegory. Lewis was not a fan of the word “allegory”; he did not openly detest it as J.R.R. Tolkien did 1 , but he did not consider The Chronicles of Narnia to be allegory. He instead preferred the term “supposal” when speaking of his series. In a letter to a group of fifth graders, Lewis defined supposal in this way, “Let us suppose there were a land like Narnia and that the Son of God, as He became a man in this world, became a Lion there and then imagine what would happen 2 .” 1 Lewis, Collected Letters , “To Father Peter Milward SJ (W)” 2 Lewis, Collected Letters , “To a Fifth Grade Class in Maryland (W)”
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Lewis felt this term represented The Chronicles better than the word “allegory” which he defined as, “a composition (whether pictorial or literary) in wh[ich] immaterial realities are represented by feigned physical objects e.g. a pictured Cupid allegorically represents erotic love 3 .” C.S. Lewis’s opinion holds a great deal of merit, as he is the author of the series, but there is a lot to be said of the series outside of Lewis’s opinion of them. Consider “Death of the Author”, the idea that once an author finishes his work and submits it to the public sphere, his opinions no longer hold any value. Much as if F. Scott Fitzgerald argued that in The Great Gatsby the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock was not a representation of Gatsby’s longing for her, any reader would be quick to say that it does and ignore Fitzgerald’s opinion on the matter. The same could be said for Lewis, despite his opinion that
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