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Stepping Through the Wardrobe

October 28, 2011 by

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“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 mothballs?” she thought, stopping down to feel it with her hand. But […]

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

October 23, 2011 by

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first in The Chronicles of Narnia. And, some maintain, it is the best.  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe introduces the reader to the land of Narnia with fresh eyes and leaves us open to a number of questions and possibilities, which Lewis eventually answers […]

Occupy… Narnia?

October 14, 2011 by

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“You see, friends,” he said, “that before the new, clean world I gave you is even seven hours old, a force of evil has already entered it; waked and brought hither by this son of Adam.” The Beasts, even Strawberry, all turned their eyes on Digory till he felt that he wished the ground would […]

The Singer

October 7, 2011 by

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If you are reading The Chronicles of Narnia in the order in which they were originally written (as I first did), then The Magician’s Nephew will not be your first glimpse of Aslan. But if it is, then it is a spectacular introduction. The first picture we have of this most central of Lewis’ characters […]

The Great Lion

September 5, 2011 by

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The most important and central figure throughout The Chronicles of Narnia is, of course, Aslan – The Great Lion, the King of Beasts, the King of the Wood, and the son of the Emperor Beyond the Sea. He is a Christ figure, and he is more than that. Lewis put it this way:  “Supposing there […]

Digory Kirk

September 2, 2011 by

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Digory Kirk is perhaps the most important protagonist in The Magician’s Nephew. Polly is there too, but more often than not she seems to be a foil for Digory. It is Digory’s decisions that drive the most pivotal moments of the story: Digory rings the bell that wakes the Witch, Digory is eventually responsible for […]

What Makes a Fairy-Story Helpful?

August 31, 2011 by

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Something we’ve already given some thought to is the fact that good literature, of any sort, ought to point us more toward reality than it draws us in to unreality. Here are a few ways that fairy-stories in particular (and by that I mean almost any fanciful setting) can do that when sometimes other kinds […]