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Into the Wardrobe A Community of Wardrobians 2010-07-06T10:13:24+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/feed.php?f=9&t=10114 2010-07-06T10:13:24+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10114&p=205917#p205917 <![CDATA[Re: Are the Chronicles of Narnia a Christian allegory?]]> parable, or a series of parables. Obviously the problem with that classification is that "Christian parable" has usually a rather specific sense, which would exclude the Chronicles.

Some authors, in particular Louis MacNeice, have used the word "parable" in a more extensive sense than the biblical anecdotal teachings.

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2010-06-24T10:38:46+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10114&p=205783#p205783 <![CDATA[Re: Are the Chronicles of Narnia a Christian allegory?]]>

Larry W.

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2010-06-24T08:51:14+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10114&p=205782#p205782 <![CDATA[Re: Are the Chronicles of Narnia a Christian allegory?]]>
At the time he was writing these books, Lewis was a senior lecturer in English literature, and he definitely knew what allegory is and isn't. There is a great deal of material that is representative of, or reminds us of, Christian life experience and events/characters in the Bible. But that does not make them allegory.

Allegory is a strict type of literature, in which people or places represent ideas or values. Best known example is Pilgrim's Progress. (Lewis himself wrote a sort of personal version of this called "Pilgrim's Regress" in which everyone and everything represented ideas and philosophies. Totally different from Narnia)

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2010-06-22T18:22:17+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10114&p=205774#p205774 <![CDATA[Re: Are the Chronicles of Narnia a Christian allegory?]]>
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2010-06-22T17:24:02+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10114&p=205772#p205772 <![CDATA[Re: Are the Chronicles of Narnia a Christian allegory?]]>
The more complicated answer is no, the author said it was not a Christian allegory, not because it wasn't representative of the Christian story, but because of some technical detail about the precise meaning of the word "allegory" that most of us who aren't Oxford dons don't give a crap about.

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2010-06-11T11:00:19+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10114&p=205620#p205620 <![CDATA[Re: Are the Chronicles of Narnia a Christian allegory?]]>

Larry W.

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2010-06-11T10:30:40+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10114&p=205619#p205619 <![CDATA[Re: Are the Chronicles of Narnia a Christian allegory?]]> In the Chronicles of Narnia are some references to the bible, but they're not an allegory at all beacuse it is not a parallel story, and there isn't a character for every person in the bible. Am I right? :undecided:

P.D.: Can I quote your answers? :toothy-grin: It would be very helpful.

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2010-06-09T10:56:57+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10114&p=205582#p205582 <![CDATA[Re: Are the Chronicles of Narnia a Christian allegory?]]> Reading with the Heart: The Way into Narnia? That book says much about how the stories should be read as a something like a separate created world (at least I think that's what he meant). Incidentally, Dr. Schakel was my English professor when I was a student at Hope College many years ago. The point is that there are references to literature, but the books are not allegories like Pilgrim's Progress. There aren't real parallels to the Bible and literature, although there are references, e.g. Christ dying on the cross, the idea of God sacrificing himself for his people in mythology. It was a long time since I read Dr. Schakel's book, but I think that fairly represents his ideas. :smile:

In fact, the complete text is online if you don't own the book:

http://hope.edu/academic/english/schakel/readingwiththeheart/

Larry W.

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2010-06-09T08:15:40+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10114&p=205580#p205580 <![CDATA[Re: Are the Chronicles of Narnia a Christian allegory?]]> Statistics: Posted by Peeta Mellark — 09 Jun 2010, 08:15


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2010-06-03T15:13:03+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10114&p=205445#p205445 <![CDATA[Re: Are the Chronicles of Narnia a Christian allegory?]]>
Peeta Mellark wrote:
Thanks a lot for your answers!! You've been very quick and helpful! :toothy-grin:

We (me and my group partners) need your help. I would like to know more interesting and curious things about the Chronicles and Lewis too. He was Tolkien's friend, right? I saw they belonged to a group, the "Inklings". Did they do somethig special? :undecided:

I'll wait for your long and helpful answers! (my English score depends on that! T.T)

Thanks again! :grin:
Peeta


Although it may be very tempting, I sincerely hope you are not taking advantage of the above responses as an alternative to doing your own reading and research. A good score is not nearly as important a thing to come out of a class with as a good understanding of thing you were studying and while other peoples' answers can get you a grade they can't give you knowledge.

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