Mshathvri (mshathvri) wrote in lovesbooks,

Mshathvri's Thoughts On The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe

I read this book many years ago. I was so busy re-reading lines that I recall with a sense of nostalgia that I almost forgot to follow the story. Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me? Eventually I got absorbed in the story, and I spent a pleasant afternoon reading.

I was surprised at how little I got to know Peter and Susan. Lucy had a juicy bit of story at the beginning of the book, and Edmund got the full character-development treatment, but I got the sense that the story was more about Narnia than it was about the children. One thing C.S. Lewis got right was the interaction between Edmund and Lucy- kids can be mean; but speaking as the oldest sibling, I was never as nice as Peter or Susan. I'm hoping that Peter and Susan will get more developed in later books.

I got the sense that LWW drew heavily from old, archetypal stories, although I can't pin any specific stories on any specific part of the book. I've heard of the Aslan-as-Jesus theory, and I can see why people might think that. It'd be interesting to trace some of the more primal sections of LWW back to myths that seem to mirror them.

LWW had a lot of symbology running rampant. There were transitions from winter to spring and stone to life, a blood sacrifice, and the return of a prodigal child, to name what stuck out to me. I'm left with the impression that LWW has a lot to offer if you want to dig deeper.

In closing, that was a short read with a lot of story stuck inside. I enjoyed reading it, and I look forward to reading more Narnia books in the future.
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some of the more primal sections of LWW

Could you write a bit more about this, example-wise? I'm interested in what you'd count.

I too am hoping that we see more of the older sibs. I remember the stark way in which Susan's discarded later, but Peter's intermediate fate is lost in the mist.

(Also, hello! *adds bookmark*)
I'll try not to go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil the book for others who haven't yet finished, but I'll point out some images and concepts that I reacted to strongly:

The lamp in the woods- magic, portals, the way to the destination
Edmund's story. redemption and acceptance
The image of Susan and Lucy walking with their fists buried in Aslan's fur. intimacy
The scene of the sacrifice. now that ain't nothing but primal
The return to the wardrobe. immortality, the return to childhood, wish fulfillment

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The sexism did run rampant. Susan was gentle and motherly, Mrs. Beaver was the quintessential housewife, and Mrs. Macready displayed no surprises (and all did seem to have lesser authority than their male counterparts). And not let us not forget that Peter received immediate authority over his siblings.

The racism I didn't notice so much, but I wasn't thinking about racism as I read through the story. I suppose the thought of four white western children taking up the thrones of Cair Paravel to rule over the lesser folk of Narnia could be seen as some sort of white-supremacist concept, but I haven't thought about it. I'd be very interested in reading your thoughts.