The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

A few weeks ago  I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, published by Collier Books in 1970.

Lewis writes about the conflict between good and evil. He makes it clear that although evil can seem to be winning for long periods of time, in the end, it’s good that always comes out on top. The four Penvensie children learn this through the magical world of Narnia.

The Penvensie children are Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Peter is the eldest. He has read lots of books so he knows what to trust and what not to trust. He isn’t always nice to his brother, Edmund, though and that is part of the reason Edmund goes to the White Witch.

Susan is the eldest girl. She is very mature and responsible but she is sometimes a little too timid.

Edmund Penvensie is the next to youngest. He isn’t easy to get along with. he is always fighting with Peter or making fun of Lucy to make himself feel big.

Lucy is the very youngest Penvensie. She is the one who first discovers Narnia through the wardrobe. She makes friends with Mr. Tumnus and feels like it is all her fault when he is kidnapped. She is the most tenderhearted of the four.

The four children stumbled into Narnia while trying to avoid the housekeeper, Mrs. Macready. Narnia is a world of magical creatures and talking beasts. The White Witch rules and under her rule it is always winter and never Christmas. She is always on the lookout for Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve, that is humans, because they are the rightful rulers of Narnia and she doesn’t want to have to give up her crown.

The climax of the story is when Aslan agrees to be killed by the White Witch. This is important because Aslan is basically the force behind the revolution. Without him, all of the animals and creatures in Narnia would be lost.

I like this book because though technically it is a children’s book, it has a very deep message. Lewis once and for all proves that good will always eventually triumph over evil.


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