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Christian Allusions in C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia

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Katherine Tatum

on 13 December 2013

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Transcript of Christian Allusions in C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia

Christian Allusions in C.S. Lewis's
The Chronicles of Narnia

Aslan: Narnia's Christ figure
Christ would have taken form as Aslan the lion because they are the "king of beats" in Narnia

Aslan inspires the same kind of numinous awe that Christ does

Christ is also called "The Lion of Judah" in the Bible which justifies Lewis's choice of that animal
The Chronicles of Narnia
's greatest allusion to the Bible
Edmund's actions proved to be too much for him to handle and when the White Witch wants him to die Aslan instead volunteers to take Edmund's place just as Christ volunteered to die for the sins of everyone

Aslan is also resurrected from his death just like Jesus Christ
Creation of Narnia
Multiple similarities to the book of Genesis can be found in
The Chronicles of Narnia
Most characters hold relevance to characters in the Bible
He is offered great power by the White Witch and is a traitor to his own family which is said to symbolize everyone's turn away from God

He parallels Judas, the betrayer, in the Bible
Clive Staples Lewis's turn from atheism influenced many of his books to be Christian based; one series in particular being
The Chronicles of Narnia.

In The Magician's Nephew, the main character, Digory, called a "son of Adam," is asked to retreive a piece of fruit and unknowingly brings the evil into Narnia corresponding to how Adam does in the Bible
White Witch
She encapsulates the essence of Satan

She also hinders the holiday of Christmas from taking place, which is the holiday that represents Christ's arrival
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