CS Lewis: What Impact Did Lewis Have on British Literature?
Clive had one older brother, Warren, and became best friends as they grew older.
First people can see how animals take on every day human tasks. Mr. And Mrs. Beaver are the first characters we see which take on roles of humans. As the children enter the home of these animals, they find a pot, plates, and other every day essentials of human life, except the beavers are using them. Another example of Anthropomorphism’s role in Lewis’ first work is with the armies that battle. We see animals taking the roles of humans when they prepare for battle. The animals sharpen weapons; mend armor, and congregate around campfires, as they get ready for the coming battle. The last major example of Anthropomorphism in this first work is with Alsan himself. Aslan is the “god” of Narnia. He is the spirit of which the creatures of Narnia look toward. Aslan talks and takes of on the idea of a human god.
Shift, an ape, represented the Antichrist and decieved others, convincing them to do bad things in his name. Puzzle was naively convinced to pretend that he was Aslan, in order to persuade others to do what Shift wanted (Pullman, Philip. 2001). What followed was the entire dismantling of Narnia, in the same fashion that it had been created (and that earth is said to have been created, in the Bible). The Last Judgment (much like that in the Bible) was a counting of "sins," to determine whether a creature had earned their passage with Aslan, or if they would be turned into a nontalking creature, and ultimately disappear. Aslan had a discussion with Emeth, wherein they discussed Emeth's lifelong worship and service to Tash. Since Emeth hadn't known any better, Aslan stated that any good deeds done previously would be credited to his honor of Aslan. This showed a type of theology that not all Christian readers would agree with, but he at least honored the service of an individual who had a pure heart, all along (Robbins, John W. 2003).
These leaders have little to say about sin, resurrection, atonement, the Trinity, and other traditional doctrines that they no longer regard as essential. But the liturgy of worship and the memories of worshippers are filled with prayers, hymns, Scripture, and creeds that embody orthodoxy and keep it alive, if uncomprehended, in the minds of the laity. What Lewis does, by shedding light on the historic teachings of the church, is to help Christians understand what they already realize is important, even if most of their leaders have forgotten.
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