Transcript of C.S. Lewis
(Almost) Everything C.S. Lewis Rebecca, Morrisa and Kevin Brought to you by: Biography Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland on November 29, 1898 He lived with his parents, Albert and Flora Hamilton Lewis, and his brother, Warren. His mother died at age ten, after which the boys were sent to boarding schools and disconnected from their father. Lewis won a scholarship to Oxford University in 1916, and began attending the following year. He graduated in 1922 after returning from a break in 1919 In 1929, Lewis' father died back home in Ireland. Lewis was deeply distraught and reflected upon religious issues amongst his friends. These friends were a group of colleagues known as The Inklings, who met to discuss current works in progress. Amongst The Inklings was J.R.R. Tolkien, during which time he was in the process of writing The Hobbit. Lewis was elected professor of medieval and renaissance literature at Cambridge in 1954. He remained teaching at Cambridge until he moved back to Oxford in failing health. He died on November 22, 1963, the same day as the assassination of JFK. Lewis and Tolkien There were some instances in which Lewis gave Tolkien something to think about. In his space trilogy, Lewis introduced the concept of Hnau, the embodiment of personality and rationality in animal and vegetable beings. This seems to have influenced the creation of the Ents in Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was a private man who, when he met Lewis, had written his mythic tales for a private audience. He had very little confidence that they could speak to a wider audience. But from the beginning of their relationship, Lewis encouraged his friend to finish and publish his stories. Tolkien brought the imagination right into the center of Lewis's life. And then, through a gradual process, with the example of Tolkien's Silmarillion tales and Lord of the Rings before him, Lewis learned how to communicate Christian faith in imaginative writing. The results were Narnia, the space trilogy,The Great Divorce, and so forth. The Chronicles of Narnia The series The Chronicles of Narnia is by far Lewis' most famous work. While it is a wonderful fantasy series, Lewis creates many allusions to the Christian faith, especially in the first book, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The most commonly discussed figure in the series is Aslan, who plays a Jesus-like role. Aslan sacrifices himself so that one of the children, Edmund, be set free. After the children spent the night grieving over Aslan's body, the lion returns to life and leads Narnia to victory over the forces of evil. Aslan is also quoted in the novel as saying, "'I am [in your world, too],' said Aslan. 'But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.' “C.S Lewis.” Sherry, Richard J. Magill’s Survey of World Literature, Revised Edition.Full transcript
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