The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe: It’s hidden religious meaning C.S. Lewis in The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe discusses the hardship the children are going through with the use of his creatively made up universe called Narnia. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe take places during the World War II bombings of London. Lucy and her four siblings are removed from their home due to the air raids of the war.As a result they they’re sent to a country house away from the war where they will be safe.The children are left on their own without their parents. The lack of parents means that the children have to manage in this new environment on their own. The new life with new strange people is a huge difference for Lucy compared with her previous life. Lucy the youngest of the four, begins to snoop around and finds a wardrobe that transports her to the magical world of Narnia. After coming back, she soon returns to Narnia with her brothers, Peter and Edmund, and her sister, Susan. There, they joined with the magical lion, Aslan, in the fight against the evil White Witch. Growing up Lewis was always a man of faith. He even wrote a book called Mere Christianity. A quote he said “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.”(Lewis) So it’s not a surprise he tries to incorporate his religious belief with his novel. C.S Lewis use of motifs symbolism, a central theme and a huge allegory about the resurrection of christ to emphasizes his beliefs . In The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe Lewis creates the motif of the changing seasons. When Lucy first entered the wardrobe she found it to be very cold and snow on the ground. This was due to the fact the White Witch had reigned over Narnia while Aslan was gone. When Lucy first arrives in Narnia she meets a faun named Mr.Tumnus. He begins to tell her all about the White Witch and of the terrible things she has made him do for her. How she has him kidnap children to bring back to her.The White Witch has a tendency to turn people stone, almost as if they are ice sculptures. She turns to stone a family of squirrels little party of Narnians who have begun to celebrate Christmas with an outdoor feast. “Why, it is she that has got all Narnia under her thumb. It’s she that makes it always winter. Always winter and never christmas; think of that!” (Lewis 19).”With the five words “always winter and never Christmas,” Lewis presents a fundamental structure in which every word is significant. “Always” here means continuously, in the sense of duration, or an on-running, linear state of being, which takes place in Time. “Winter” means a time of severe cold, heavy snow, frozen streams, and long nights. “And” connects or relates two sets of paired terms. “Never” means that within this endlessly continuing winter, there is no moment when the possibility of spring is anticipated, when the nights begin to shorten and the light begins to return. “Christmas” means that the central focus of human history, the moment when the Creator enters His own Creation, to which the cycling years return again and again, is kept outside of Narnian time, and does not bring its yearly gifts of renewal, its to use that untranslatable.” (Patterson 11)This everlasting winter symbolizes a dead, depressed time. Everyone and everything is in hiding. The plants can’t grow, the animals are in hibernation and the citizens of Narnia are cooped up. It’s a cold and empty land that’s fallen under the control of an evil person. The White Witch tries to hide any trace of Aslan. But when Aslan returns to Narnia the season begins to change to spring. All of sudden the flowers start to bloom and the snow starts to melt.Once Aslan arrives those who were once stoned are freed. While the winter represented a dead life with the White Witch. The spring represents a long living life. Within the novel you can mentally see Narnia being rejuvenated. Another symbol within the book is the wardrobe. The significance of it is that Lucy goes into the wardrobe to find this fantasy land, rather than going out into the real world and finding something to do. So she begins to search the professor’s home for something to do and in the midst of it she finds the spare room. In the spare room she finds the wardrobe, and in the wardrobe she finds all of Narnia. The wardrobe has a more abstract sense, the other interesting thing about the wardrobe is that it doesn’t work all the time.”This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!” thought Lucy, going still further in and pushing the soft folds of the coats aside to make room for her. Then she noticed that there was something crunching under her feet. “I wonder is that more moth balls?” she thought, stooping down to feel it with her hands. But instead of feeling the hard, smooth wood of the floor of the wardrobe, she felt something soft and powdery and extremely cold. “This is very queer,” she said, and went on a step or two further.”(Lewis 3) After Lucy’s first trip to Narnia, she tries to show the others, only to discover that now the wardrobe has a normal wooden back. The next time she tries, it is once again a magical gateway, and this time Edmund gets through too. But again it switches back to wardrobe form when Peter and Susan come in. Peter and Susan feel that, if something is real, it must be real all the time, but the Professor suggests reality might be more complicated than that. The lamp-post right outside the entrance to Narnia is also a symbol. It serves as a compass in Narnia and a way to get back home through the wardrobe when they are ready to leave. ” In about ten minutes she reached it and found it was a lamp-post. As she stood looking at it, wondering why there was a lamp-post in the middle of a wood and wondering what to do next,”( Lewis 9) It is said to be that the series The Chronicles of Narnia, a total of sevens books, each represents one of the deadly sins. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe main theme is the dangerously power of gluttony. Gluttony is to be excessively greedy. Edmund, the second sibling to be introduce to Narnia, first encounters the white witch.”The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle onto to the snow, and instantly there appeared a round bow, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very center and edmund had never tasted anything more delicious. He was quite warm now, and very comfortable.”(Lewis 37)Just as Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge and felt unsatisfied, Edmund continued to eat but always wanted more. He became obsessed with his desire for Turkish Delight, just as sin can start to control. She found him an easy prey. ” Her flattery appeals to his pride and her magical Turkish Delight to his gluttony.” (Downing 93). But it wasn’t the Turkish Delight, a symbol of sin and temptation that made edmund so bad it’s the sudden loyalty to the White Witch and the betrayal to his siblings.While the Turkish Delight could represent gluttony, it can also represent just sinning in general. She promised to make him king. This fuels Edmund because he has never been able to stand up his old brother Peter and if he is king Peter will forced to listen to everything he says. Lewis foreshadows Edmunds characters future intentions in the beginning of the novel. When we first meet him whilst he’s at boarding school, right away you can see he’s a bully. ” At first, Edmund is only selfished and ill-tempered. But when he deliberately lies, refusing to confirm Lucy’s story and admit that there really is a magic world inside the wardrobe, he does great harm to his own soul. Here is falsehood, pride, and spite all bound up together, a sign that Edmunds downward drift has turned into a descent. Lewis wrote that rebellion of the will” usually leads to ” fogging of the intelligence,” and Edmunds lie will lead to whole series of wrong-headed and wrong-hearted choices.”(Downing 93)As Edmund continues to lie things continue to get worse. He doesn’t feel the way the others feel. To him Aslan’s return is a “sensation of mysterious horror” while to his siblings they feel courage and ready support and fight with Aslan regardless of what happens. “Peters brother , Edmund, on the other hand, wants to become king on his own terms.He is resentful, discontented, mistrustful, and fearful with the Narnian world.”(Ward 120) He soons finds out he was played as a fool by the White Witch, she instead of making him king she makes him a prisoner and lugs him around with her as she rides through Narnia looking for children to kidnap. As said in the paragraph above the White Witch turned a family of squirrels into stone for celebrating Christmas. He begs the White Witch to spare them which results in getting hit across the face.”Because,” he said to himself, “all these people who say nasty things about her are her enemies and probably half of it isn’t true. She was jolly nice to me, anyway, much nicer than they are. I expect she is the rightful Queen really. Anyway, she’ll be better than that awful Aslan!” At least, that was the excuse he made in his own mind for what he was doing. It wasn’t a very good excuse, however, for deep down inside him he really knew that the White Witch was bad and cruel.” It was in that moment that he knew he had made a mistake and had let his greed of wanting to powerful cloud his judgement of the evil right in front of him. He begin to learn from the mistake and carry-on and make a better decision on to how save Narnia towards the end of the novel. When he makes the decision to confront the White Witch releasing all the power that she has over him mentally and he no longer feels the need our power anyone nor does he want to.The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe presents the christian overview through a fantasy novel. After Aslan sacrifices himself to save Edmund from the White Witch he then soon after thisis resurrected. Aslan (Christ) was willingly humiliated himself in front of a lot of narnians who sided with the White Witch. He was shaved, tied up, and taunted. “‘Why, he’s only a great cat after all!’ cried one.’Is that what we were afraid of?’ said another.And as they surged round Aslan jeering at him, saying this like ” Puss, Puss! Poor pussy,” and ” How many mice have you caught to-da, Cat?” and ” Would you like a saucer of milk, Pussums?”… “Muzzle him!” said the witch. And even now, as they worked about his face putting on the muzzle, one bite from his jaws would have cost two or three of their hands. But he never moved.”(Lewis 148-51)Aslan could have easily fought back and demolished every single person in that room including the White Witch, but he didn’t. He knew if he did she cause great harm to Edmund. ” The willing sacrifice, the biblical tone and imagery ( it reminds especially of Isaiah 53: “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth”), and Aslan’s subsequent return to life cleary associate him with Christ.”( Schakel 27) The children in Narnia are referred to Daughters of Eve and Sons of Adams since in Narnia they aren’t used to seeing humans. But Aslan resurrection, accompanied by an earthquake and discovered by two girls destroys the power of the deep magic over mankind. Which compares to nailing your sins to the cross. Aslan then goes on to breathe life into his warriors so that they may fight this war with him against the White Witch and her armies. “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”(Lewis 112) Mr.Beaver distinguishes the difference being good person and being a safe person. Aslan is good lion but if needed to he will fight back and protect those who need him. This correlates with the Holy Spirit coming on all disciples against spiritual warfare. Aslan ultimately wins, bringing in a re-created world or a new heaven and earth. The White wWitch is in a sense Satan when it comes to how she treats Edmund. She symbolizes evil in the Narnia.”She calls herself the Queen of Narnia though she has no right to be queen at all, and all the Fauns and Dryands and Naiads and Dwarfs and Animals—at least all the good ones—simply hate her.” Edmund was a traitor and forfeited his life to the White Witch. Just like when someone sins their lives are forfeited to Satan after they die. Aslan symbolise all that is good in Narnia. He portrays Jesus. When Aslan dies, the Stone Table breaks. The Stone Table is symbolic of the end of law and the beginning of freedom. The Stone Table could be compared to Moses’ stone tablets that held the Ten Commandments. It could also refer to the temple curtain that was torn when Jesus was on the cross. The curtain represented a barrier between God and people, but when it tore, it allowed anyone to have a relationship with Jesus. Aslan’s death symbolized the end of the White Witch’s power and the beginning of freedom in Narnia. “The rising of the sun had made everything look different -all colors and shadows were changed -that for a moment they didn’t see the important thing. Then they did. The stone table was broken into two pieces by a great crack that ran down from end to end; and there was no Aslan.” (Lewis 161). Just as Jesus rose again to overcome sin and death, Aslan rises again bringing hope back to Narnia. Aslan begins breathing life back into the stone statues left by the White Witch, restoring order and freedom. Cair Paravel is located in the farthest east of Narnia. It symbolizes a ‘holy’ place. The prophecy claimed that the White Witch would be destroyed when two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve sat on four thrones at Cair Paravel. “‘To be sure, to be sure,’ said the faun. ‘How stupid of me! But i’ve never seen a Son of Adam or a Daughters of Eve before.I am delighted…'” (Lewis 11) Lucy and Susan being the Daughters of Eve and Edmund and Peter being the Sons of Adam. It is close to the Emperor-of-the-Sea, a symbol for God.”The castle of Cair Paravel on its little hill towered up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and seaweed, and the smell of the sea and long miles of bluish-green waves breaking for ever and ever on the beach. And oh, the cry of the seagulls! Have you ever heard it? Can you remember?”(Lewis 56) Cair Paravel symbolizes connection between Narnia and God.. The White Witch beings to lose her magical powers. Aslan the great king of Narnia has returned and brings back all the people and creature that that the White Witch has cursed and the snow that once stuck to floor of Narnia begins to melt away. In the end The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe in good triumphs over evils md everything works out for the best. The children spend years in Narnia ruling as kings and queens. Until one day they are magically transported back to England where no time has passed at all. Chronicles of Narnia series , you’ll notice that C.S. Lewis isn’t really all that interested in puberty, maturity, or adulthood He doesn’t focus on the fact the children had went through major stages in their lives in Narnia and to just transport them back children with the memory of all it. . “It is as hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia as it would be to tell you how the fruits of that country taste. Perhaps you will get some idea of it if you think like this. You may have been in a room in which there was a window that looked out on a lovely bay of the sea or a green valley that wound away among mountains. And in the wall of that room opposite to the window there may have been a looking-glass. And as you turned away from the window you suddenly caught sight of that sea or that valley, all over again, in the looking glass. And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time they were somehow different – deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard but very much want to know. The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more.” (Lewis)He’s interested in the forces of Good and the innocent power of childhood. Whenever Lewis’s child characters start to grow up or mature, they are disregarded and he conjures up a new character and their journey through Narnia He wants us to see that their souls, not their bodies, grow up. Throughout the series he carries his biblical themes and the journey of Aslan. Lewis use of motifs symbolism, a central theme and a huge allegory about the resurrection of christ to emphasizes his beliefs was very effective. He makes it very easy to put the pieces together on allegory. It’s a coming of age novel and you watch as the four siblings become into these brave beings they are. “And they themselves grew and changed as the years passed over them. And Peter became a tall and deep chested man and a great warrior, and he was called King Peter the Magnificent. And Susan grew into a tall and gracious woman with black hair that fell almost to her feet and the Kings of the countries beyond the sea began to send ambassadors asking for her hand in marriage. And she was called Queen Susan the Gentle. Edmund was a graver and quieter man than Peter, and great in council and judgement. He was called King Edmund the Just. But as for Lucy, she was always gay and golden haired, and all Princes in those parts desired her to be their Queen, and her own people called her Queen Lucy the Valiant.” (Lewis 200)Aslan’s ways are not the ways of men and there will always be doing something unexplainable and mysterious about him. He is always coming and going but he will always be around when needed.Works CitedArticle: Themes, Motifs and Symbols in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, headsupmag.tripod.com/id1.html#.Downing, David C. Into the Wardrobe: C.S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles. Jossey-Bass, 2005.Jacobs, Alan. The Narnian: the Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis. HarperSanFrancisco, 2005.Lewis, C. S., and Pauline Baynes. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. HarperTrophy, 2008.Patterson, Nancy-Lou. 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