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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

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Jackson Badger

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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Theme
Seeing as this book has been around for a while, a lot of different people have come up with many different themes for "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. One individual even suggested that the theme of the book was related to not overeating...not sure how I feel about that. However Throughout the all of the book reviews, almost every one has agreed the theme is related to the redemption of mankind (SparkNotes). When I first read the book, I immediately recognized its similarity's to the Bible. One of the most important characters in the book is Aslan the great Lion. In the story, Aslan takes the punishment for Edmond Pevensie's crime. Aslan is killed in place of Edmond. I believe that Aslan's Character is based off of Jesus Christ from the bible. At the end of his life Jesus Christ took upon himself the sins of all the world, and was crucified. Because of this all of mankind was be saved. This is exactly like how Edmond was saved from dying at the white witches hand. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is filled with relations to the bible, and I REALLY don't want to spoil it for any of the sad people that haven't read it so Ill only reference one more similarity. At the very beginning of the book, Lucy pevensie finds her way into the land of Narnia Through a mysterious wardrobe. The wardrobe represents the word of god, or the scriptures if you would. You need to dive into them to find joy in your life. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, like the bible, shares a religious theme of Christianity. There's no question about it.
Social Change
Its really easy to figure out how The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe changed the world. For some people this book was the first taste of religion they had ever received. The Chronicles of Narnia has been a missionary for religion from the moment it was published. Many people have looked into Christianity because they read the book first. I know I would be A lot more interested in a new idea, if it presented itself through the way of a story. This relates to greek mythology in a way. People had no idea what was going on with weather or the seasons, so people made told stories to try and explain it. The people behind the stories though up what they believed was true, and tried to make everyone else believe as they did. Aside from converting people, The Chronicles of Narnia has been helping little children understand some of the basic workings of the bible (Shmoop Editorial Team). when I was a tiny little kid I found it easier to remember the cardinal directions because of the popular saying, "Never Eat Soggy Waffles." Even this simple phrase significantly affected my understanding. when you can relate a simple concept to a complex one, it really helps you grasp the concept. As I see it, this book has influenced the world for the better by giving people a chance to learn about religion. The lion the witch and the wardrobe also gives the children of the world very good role models. 4 kids that save a land simply by trying to help other people.
Trueman, Chris. "The Blitz and World War Two." The Blitz and World War Two. Historylearning, Nov. 2000. Web. 13 Oct. 2013.<http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/blitz_and_world_war_two.html>
The Author
When I read this book, I always try to spend a moment or two thinking about the author. However during this read, I went more in depth. During my research I learned that C.S. Lewis was born in Ireland during the late 1800's. He only had one brother, and after their schooling the two would often play together, coming up with fantastic stories and amazing adventures. His mother died when he was only 10. I've noticed that when death in of a close family member strikes it can do one of two things. It can either bring the individual's life crashing to the ground, Or The death can inspire the person to soar to untold heights. Thankfully C.S Lewis chose to rise above his grief. He chose to serve in the English forces during world war one. Several months later he was injured and sent home. To live with a friend of his mother's, as both of his parents were dead. Later he went to Oxford college, graduated, and was offered a teaching position at Magdalen College. while he was teaching he joined a writing group known as the Inklings. This group included him, his brother, and an old friend of his...J.R.R. Tolkien. The fact that he was in a College Writing circle, REALLY helps me to see how he became an accomplished author. When I attend classes from authors at the Teen Author Boot camp every February, I am always told that sharing your early work with other people and hearing their Critique helps you learn to see what the reader wants. His college writing job is probably the reason he went on to write outside of school. At first He began publishing smaller works such as "The Allegory of Love," and "Out of the silent Planet." He also spoke for war broadcasts about his religion (C.S. Lewis Biography). In this way, he was a missionary of sorts. I Think its amazing how C.S. Lewis always tried to share what he thought. Through public speaking and through his amazing writing.
Reviewed by Jackson Badger
Entertainment Value
The Time Period
While "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" was being written, Europe was facing a terrifying challenge. The Blitz was going full force in London. The Blitz was an air strike against London always carried out under the cover of darkness. A formation of german planes flew directly over and dropped bombs into the sleeping city. This attack continued for a week or so before the British government decided to send all the children out of London, and disperse them into more peaceful parts of the country (History Learning). The objective of this attack was to demoralize the people of London, and put fear in their hearts. At the time C.S. Lewis was living in Belfast Ireland (C.S. Lewis Biography). Belfast Ireland is 500 miles away from London, but all of the united kingdoms eyes were fixed on the capitol. I think that this attack affected C.S. Lewis profoundly. as a young boy he had lost his mother, and now he watched as thousands of children were forced to leave their family's behind. The children had no idea if they would ever see their parents again. I believe this emotional event kick started the writing of the Chronicles of Narnia. I'm Sure he had had the idea in his head before, but the blitz triggered his motivation to write the story. The Blitz is even mentioned in the book itself. It is the Whole reason the Pevensie Children left London, starting their adventure.
"C.S. Lewis Biography." Bio.com. Ed. Biography.com Staff. A&E Networks Television, 18 Feb. 2013. Web. 13 Oct. 2013. <http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/blitz_and_world_war_two.html>
I really do think this book deserves to be on the top 100 list. It was very entertaining and I felt like after reading it, I had learned something more. A book teaches us the same way that school does. You can choose what you want to get out of it. What I got out of this book was, absolute amazingness! Not only that but the book also has made a significant difference on society. After world war two it gave people something interesting and uplifting to read again. The book tells us the story of the bible with a whole new spin on it. It struck me how easy it was to read this book, but how it still captured my overactive imagination and made me think of all the interesting stories I could write using a place such as Narnia. C.S. Lewis did a fantastic job in writing this book. One thing I really liked about it was how It used real world events that I could relate to. Sometimes its good to have a dose of reality sprinkled in along the way when your sucked into a book. Overall, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is an excellently written book. I would recommend it to anyone. (yes, even you Mr. Williams.) In my opinion top 100 doesn't even cover it. This book belongs on the top 20 list.
"Themes of the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe." SparkNotes. Ed. Sparknotes. SparkNotes, 14 Nov. 2008. Web. 13 Oct. 2013. <http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/lion/themes.html>.
Shmoop Editorial Team. (November 11, 2008).The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Themes. Retrieved October 13, 2013, from http://www.shmoop.com/lion-witch-wardrobe/themes.html
For starters I just have to say that I am always up for an epic adventure, and this book gave it to me head on. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was rated 4.8 stars, but lets just round up and call that 5 (Goodreads). A rating that high basically means that anyone who reads the book enjoys it. I would definitely recommend this book for the top 100 books to read before you do, and there are a few excellent reasons why. The first reason the book should be on the list, is because its not overly hard to read. It actually is at a pretty simple reading level. This is where the fun part comes in. C.S Lewis did such a fantastic job of detailing his world and characters. He leaves behind lots of hidden details you have to really think deeply on. This book also leaves so much room open for imagination because you only see a tiny fraction of the land of Narnia. (Thankfully we have six other books full of it) Another great thing about this book is all the symbolism you see in it. As i touched on earlier, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is supposed to be made like the bible. One of the really fun parts of reading it is trying to figure out all the symbolism in the book. This book has been made into a movie...twice. I would REALLY recommend seeing the movie if you ever get the chance.
Good Reads Staff. "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia Publication Order #1)." Goodreads. Goodreads, 2 May 2007. Web. 13 Oct. 2013. <http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/100915.The_Lion_the_Witch_and_the_Wardrobe>.
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