Lewis Narnia Series Having Been Thesis

Length: 8 pages Sources: 4 Subject: Literature Type: Thesis Paper: #71912476 Related Topics: Lion, Snow White, Novels, Mining
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It is possible that Lewis had not intended certain matters from his books to have the effects that they eventually had on the public. It had most probably been because of the fact that he did not planned for a large amount of time before deciding to write the series. In contrast, Tolkien had prepared The Lord of the Rings for several decades, studying various geographical locations and history before he decided to proceed in writing.

In spite of being the sixth book from the Narnia series published by Lewis, The Magician's Nephew describes the first period when considering Narnian years. In this book, two children named Digory and Polly end up in magical universes in 1900 consequent to coming across two rings which have supernatural powers. One world in particular appears to be different from the others to Polly and Digory, and, after a chain of unfortunate incidents, they bring an evil queen named Javis in London. Happily, they later manage to return Jadis into her world, where they find Aslan creating the world of Narnia. The lion defeats the queen in battle and befriends Digory and Polly. After the two successfully finish a mission that they are being given by the lion, Digory is being rewarded with a magical apple for his mother to regain her health.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the second book telling the history of Narnia. In 1940 Peter, Lucy, Susan, and Edmund enter the world of Narnia through an old wardrobe from Digory Kirke's house. Narnia is a snow-covered world where a lion named Aslan has to go through great efforts in order to regain his land from the White Witch. After several episodes in which Aslan and the children become friends and Edmund is in danger of being killed by the Witch, the lion triumphs and murders her. The children are then made rulers over Narnia for fifteen years, after which they return to their world to discover that only a few seconds had passed and that Professor Digory supports their story.

The Horse and His Boy is the third book from The Chronicles of Narnia, and the only book from the series that does not have children from our world as main characters. The book's main characters are Shasta and Aravis, a boy and a girl from Calormene, and their talking horses, Bree and Hwin. The four want to escape their homeland because of the corrupt community existing there. After several incidents, the two learn that the Calormenes want to attack Narnia, and, as a result they manage to reach Archenland, with Aslan's help, in order to alert the people there of the Calormenian attack. Once arrived in Archenland, Shasta is recognized as being the long-lost heir to the throne. He marries Aravis and the two give birth to the most famous king ever to have lived in Archenland.

Initially presenting the four children from our world in a normal train station, waiting to board, the fourth book of Narnia, Prince Caspian, has Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy being summoned...

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Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the Narnian throne, had been denied the right to rule by his uncle, King Miraz. The King stayed in pursuit of a fleeing Prince Caspian until the latter, along with the creatures from Old Narnia, had decided to use Queen Susan's horn in order to receive assistance. At the arrival of the Pevensie children, the Old Narnians are struggling to avoid being defeated by Miraz's army. After a clash between Peter and King Miraz, the latter is defeated and slain. His army abandons the fight consequent to observing its clear disadvantage in strength. The Pevensies are being returned to their world just as their train arrives.

The fifth book of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, presents the four Pevensie children and their annoying cousin Eustace as they wind up back in Narnia, this time with the job to help Prince Caspian in finding the seven missing lords of Narnia. After first encountering some difficulties, the group succeeds in finding only five of the lords. To the end of the journey, Edmund and Lucy meet Aslan, which tells them that they will never return to Narnia, and that he is also present in their world under another name. As the five children return home, everybody is confused to see Eustace behaving better, having become aware of the differences between right and wrong.

The Silver chain, the sixth book in The Chronicles of Narnia series, involves Eustace along with his friend Jill as they first have to fight bullies in the real world, and, later, The Lady of the Green Kirtle in Narnia. Once there, they meet up with Aslan, which introduces them to their mission of finding Narnia's lost Prince, Rilian. Having to deal with both giants and gnomes in their search, the two find themselves in the lands of The Lady of the Kirtle, where they come across Rilian, who had been put under a spell by the owner of the territory. Once solving the case and killing the green serpent, the band returns to Narnia, where they find a dying king Caspian. Eustace revives Caspian and scares the bullies in his world with the help of Aslan.

Lewis meant The Great Battle to mark the end of the series, as Narnia (as his readers had known it) had disappeared in favor of a new land, which appears to have been the real Narnia. Fighting breaks out because of a confusion relating to a donkey named Puzzle influenced by an evil ape named Shift in believing that he had been Aslan. All of the children present in the previous series are present in this book, except for Susan, who had presumably stopped believing in Narnia. The end of the book has Aslan judging all of the creatures, deciding which of them had been worthy of inhabiting the real Narnia and which deserved to be transformed into non-talking animals.

Works cited:

1. Caughey Shanna. (2005). "Revisiting Narnia: fantasy, myth, and religion in C.S. Lewis' chronicles." BenBella Books.

2. King, Don W. "Gold Mining or Gold Digging? The Selling of Narnia." Christianity and Literature, Vol. 55, 2006.

3. Lewis, C.S. (2004). "The chronicles of Narnia." HarperCollins.

4. Sammons, Martha C. (2004). "A Guide Through Narnia." Regent College Publishing.

Caughey Shanna. (2005). "Revisiting Narnia: fantasy, myth, and religion in C.S. Lewis' chronicles." BenBella Books.

idem idem

Caughey Shanna. (2005). "Revisiting Narnia: fantasy, myth, and religion in C.S. Lewis' chronicles." BenBella Books.

idem

Caughey Shanna. (2005). "Revisiting Narnia: fantasy, myth, and religion in C.S. Lewis' chronicles." BenBella Books.

Sammons, Martha C. (2004). "A Guide Through Narnia." Regent College Publishing.

Lewis, C.S. (2004). "The chronicles of Narnia." HarperCollins.

King, Don W. "Gold Mining or Gold Digging? The Selling of Narnia." Christianity and Literature, Vol. 55, 2006.

Lewis, C.S. (2004). "The chronicles of Narnia." HarperCollins.

Caughey Shanna. (2005). "Revisiting Narnia: fantasy, myth, and religion in C.S. Lewis' chronicles." BenBella Books.

idem

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Sources Used in Documents:

Works cited:

1. Caughey Shanna. (2005). "Revisiting Narnia: fantasy, myth, and religion in C.S. Lewis' chronicles." BenBella Books.

2. King, Don W. "Gold Mining or Gold Digging? The Selling of Narnia." Christianity and Literature, Vol. 55, 2006.

3. Lewis, C.S. (2004). "The chronicles of Narnia." HarperCollins.

4. Sammons, Martha C. (2004). "A Guide Through Narnia." Regent College Publishing.


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