The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
post written by Esther Filbrun
Title: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Author: C.S. Lewis
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia, book 2
Major Themes: Allegories, Fantasy
Synopsis: When a secret new world is discovered, four children see the unfolding drama as a wicked witch tries to kill everyone, and Aslan, a warrior-lion, fights against her.
I’m fairly certain I borrowed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe seven years ago when I was taking my first trip back to the States. Knowing that it was going to be 20-some hours long, I figured I’d need lots of books to read, so I took three along…and to my recollection, barely managed to get through two chapters of one of them! This one didn’t make the cut, so now, years later, I’ve finally been able to get my hands on a copy again. And since I read The Magician’s Nephew first, some references make sense—so that also made the story more fun! It still took a while to get through, though, because I kept getting distracted by other books.
When Lucy accidentally stumbles through into Narnia for the first time, she doesn’t know she’s found a treasure. And when she finally manages to get the other children there, they discover much more adventure than they ever thought they’d find! The Lion has returned to Narnia, and the Witch is determined to rid the country of him once and for all…who is stronger? Will they always have to live in winter, as the Witch has ordered? Will everyone who goes against the witch’s orders continue to be turned into stone?
I feel like I’ve come on the scene a little late for these books. But, perhaps, there are others like me out there who have heard vague references to the stories, yet never read them. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is not a book for people who dislike fantasy or those who dislike animals talking. Both are strong themes in here.
What I did love about this book was the allegorical side. Although, as always, it’s somewhat hidden under all the other things, I loved seeing how Aslan, a picture of Jesus, gave of himself freely and also inspired others deeply. Books like this—while they are only a faint representation of the real Savior—make me long all the more to get to heaven so I can see Him face to face. And seeing that contrast, especially, with the White Witch, made me see again how good our Savior is—and what a price He paid for us.
If you are looking for a book that is expressing the hope and reason for our Christian life in the context of an interesting story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe could be the book for you. I did have my little problems with it, but on the whole, it’s a good story. I’m looking forward to seeing what allegories the other Narnia books contain!
WARNING: “Goodness gracious”, “thank goodness”, or a variant is used in ch. 1, 2, 3, and 6. “By Jove” is used in ch. 6 and 8. “Great Scott” is used in ch. 6. “By gum” is used in ch. 12. “Blowed” is used in ch. 16. As in all the other books in this series, this book contains talking animals. Nymphs and Dryads and Fauns are mentioned in ch. 2. There is lying in ch. 5. When discussing the witch, in ch. 8, there is a reference to Adam’s first wife, Lilith, who was “one of the Jinn”. Dwarfs are mentioned in ch. 8. Magic food is talked about in different places in the book. “Spirits of the trees” are mentioned in ch. 9. A dwarf “gives someone a curse” in ch. 11. Dryads and Naiads are mentioned in ch. 12, and a boy kills a wolf. Werewolves, spirits, ghouls, etc. are mentioned in ch. 13, someone’s throat is almost cut, and deep magic is mentioned. Ogres and evil spirits are mentioned in ch. 14, and someone is killed. In ch. 15, people see someone that was killed. Satyrs and dwarfs are mentioned in ch. 16. There’s a battle in ch. 16, and people are killed or hurt in ch. 17.
Read Aloud—Ages 8 – 12, 10 – 13
Reading Independently—Ages 10 – 12, 12 – 15
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Keywords: Christian Fiction, Fantasy, Allegories