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Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

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Transcript of Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Literary Elements
Theme: False possessive love
Symbolism: The veil
Character developement: Self-discovery

False Possessive Love
One part of Orual's Ugliness
The theme of false possessive love is portrayed throughout the book by Orual's tainted love for Bardia and Psyche.
Orual wears different "veils" aside from her physical one throughout the story which all represent her attempt to hide the truth underneath, but they inhibit her from seeing the truth.
Till We Have Faces
Michelle Pham

Till We Have Faces
The autobiography of Orual, queen of Glome, as an accusation against the gods
written by C.S. Lewis
Based of the story of Cupid and Psyche from the Latin novel Metamorphoses
Following Bardia's death, Orual is confronted by Ansit, Bardia's wife, for "[drinking] up [Bardia's] blood" and "[eating] out his life".
Because of Orual's desire to have him near, she gave him work, heavy and trivial, to keep him around; to spite him for leaving her, she would mention things that would domino into Bardia's ridicule.
The possesive love is more predominately shown in Orual's love for Psyche.
Orual wanted to be Psyche's everything.
" She was mine.
" - Orual talking to the gods about Psyche
She was willing to sacrifice Psyche's happiness, even kill her.
Orual's "love" eventually worked Bardia in to nothing.
Throughout the book, Orual's pours her tainted love upon Psyche and Bardia and effectively hurting them, making her "love" an ugliness
Character Development
Orual's Character Change through self-discovery
Orual's character becomes a round character through her self-discoveries which slowly cut away at her ugliness allow her to change
The Visions
The Veil
Psyche's madness, a veil for the palace
" Madness; of course. The whole thing must be madness. At the very name


... that valley.... emptied of its holiness and horror."
The Queen ship
"The Queen of Glome had more and more part in me and Orual less and less. ... It was like being with child, but reversed; the thing I carried in me grew slowly smaller and less alive."
Bardia's Death
"For it was true-truer than Ansit could know... It stank; a gnawing greed for one to whom I could give nothing,..."
Orual realizes she had worked Bardia to nothing.
She had loved him not with real love but a craving, " a greed,"
Now the craving is gone and she realizes how low she is.
King Trom and the Mirror
" I am Ungit. "
The Trial
"There was given to me a certainty that this, at last, was my real voice."
Why is it a Great Work of Literature?
The depth of which it explores the soul.
The mass amount of literary elements used throughout the book.
The sublety of which he combines depth and the elements together to create a rich and beautiful story.
Through the use of theme, symbolism and character development, Lewis depicts Orual's story of ugliness to self-disovery as one of the many aspects in his richly filled
Till We Have Faces

Theme, symbolism, and Character development are used to present Orual's change from ugliness to self-understanding are simply a slice from C.S. Lewis's complex story,
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