The Characters and Events of the Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Have Symbolic Similarities to Events Described in the Bible. Essay

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Thesis Statement: The characters and events of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe have symbolic similarities to events described in the Bible. In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe we discover a world of fantasy filled with the never-ending battle between good and evil. The children in the story, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy lived in London during the war and were sent to live with a professor because of the air-raids. The children quickly find a wardrobe, which is actually a passageway into the land of Narnia. Unbeknownst to them they are the son’s of Adam and the daughter’s of Eve that according to a prophecy will restore peace to Narnia and do away
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He bargains with his own life in return Edmund’s life will be spared. “Fully aware of the cost of helping Edmund, Aslan looks sad; but he attends to the business of maturing Peter for the boy’s role as High King” (Ford 58). This is compared to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ who without guilt carried our sins and thus sparing us from eternal damnation. “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4). Most significant is the slaying and resurrection of Aslan. According to the laws of Narnia the blood must be spilled over the Stone Table. Aslan keeps his word and is taken to the stone table and prepared for his killing. He is ridiculed and abused by the White Witch’s army of horrific creatures, and through it all he remains silent and without resistance. This resembles the Bible text that prophetically speaks of Jesus, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). The Witch then speaks to Aslan directly, “And now who has won? Fool did you think that by all this you would save the human traitor? Now I will kill you instead of him as our pact was and so the Deep Magic will be appeased. But when you are dead what will prevent me from killing him as well? And who will take him out of my hand then?” (Lewis 155). Although Aslan kept his word the White Witch clearly states her plan to kill Edmund and thus not keeping her own word. The White Witch kills Aslan