Visiting Narnia

Now unfortunately, not literally. No secret paths were found in my closet or dryer (which would explain where that one sock always disappears to). But I’ll be honest, between my last post and this one I’ve been really constantly reading into or about Narnia (barring a day reading an excellent Power Rangers comic). I want to read the books again. And I’ve started, I’m almost finished Prince Caspian.

Now, I’m loving the Christian symbolism in it. Or at least what I think is some symbolism. I’m not sure, maybe it’s just how I’m interpreting some of the stuff. So know from here on out (with the exception of Aslan, cause, that was CLEARLY INTENDED to be “what would Jesus be like if He existed in Narnia) that these are just my take. Your take could be quite different.

Edmund (probably my favourite character) represents both Judas (betrays his fam for 30 pieces of turkish delight), as well as the converted believer who still struggles with some of his darker traits (“this is no time for chivalry Pete” during the duel with Miraz), or still struggling with pride in the books (becoming quite flustered when his and his fam’s skills are questioned by Trumpkin). While Edmund struggles, he generally does what’s right and looks out for the others in a giving way.

Lucy excellently representing having the faith of the child. Even though she still stumbles with things like jealousy, she readily follows and believes in Aslan.

I’ll be honest, with Peter I struggle to find a deeper symbolism. I think he, like Edmund, represent the struggling believer. He deeply cares for and desires to help others, is a strong character, and a natural leader. However, he struggles with pride, stubbornness,  and impatience; which we see a lot of in the film version of Prince Caspian. But when he comes to his senses, he acts faithfully to his friends and to Aslan.

Now onto Susan, which may be the most interesting because of how many things she could represent. What we know is in The Last Battle, she wasn’t with her family, and was described as no longer a friend of/believing in Narnia, now viewing it as a make belief thing her family had as children. Lewis also had written a letter saying he planned to write a future book about Susan (apparently called Susan of Narnia), but passed away before he could. Lewis still gets a lot of (in my opinion, undo) flack about Susan, and her fate is still often debated, which is a testimony to the impact these stories have. Like I said, Susan could represent a lot of things; the good seed that fell among thorns (her thorns being materialism), her fate could represent the once saved always saved belief (“once a king or queen  of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia), she could represent the myriad of believers walk away after becoming distracted by/obsessed with non important things. It would have been great to know what happens with this character and to see what else Lewis had in store for her. But she could represent some of the things that are harder about the faith – not everyone who confesses believes. You hope they do, you pray they do, but sometimes the faith isn’t there.

In the Dawn Treader film, Eustace has a great line about about Aslan changing him back from a dragon into a boy; “It hurt, but in a good way, like taking a thorn out of your foot”. I found this to be a great metaphor for the sanctification process. Matt Chandler describes it better than I can; it’s an ongoing, painful process. But it’s a good pain.

Alright, that’s all I got for now. Hopefully this was as interesting to you guys as it was to me. I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been really drawn to this world that Lewis created. Don’t be surprised if more posts about it come.

Take care, and hope our amazing God blesses you today my friends.

 

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