Symbolism, Christianity, and Lewis
C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis

Biography

Clive Staples Lewis was an Irish author and scholar born on November 28, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland. Lewis was an atheist before becoming a Christian at the age of thrity one. C.S. Lewis ("Jack" Lewis to his friends) was a tutor and lecturer at Oxford University, and later Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at Cambridge University ("C.S." 1). Late in Lewis' life, he married Joy Gresham who ended up dying of bone cancer after only four years of being married. Lewis died on Friday, November 22, 1963 of renal failure three years after his wife died, the same day that President Kennedy was assassinated.



Lewis' Work In General

C.S. Lewis had written many books in his lifetime, the first book he wrote after becoming a Christian was The Pilgrim's Regress. Some of his most popular novels that are still being sold and bought today are The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy. The assumption that Lewis was English appears to stem from the fact that he set his most famous works in England, including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Screwtape Letters, and because many of his admirers are aware that he taught at Oxford and Cambridge for most of his adult life (Clare 1). Lewis was famous for using symbolism in regards to Christianity in his most famous series The Chronicles of Narnia which sold over 100 million copies. Written with an underlying Christian theme, the Chronicles have been enjoyed by children and adults for generations (Griffin 1).





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Symbolism in The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia was written by C.S. Lewis between the years of 1949 and 1954. One critic said, "Narnia is a sort of parallel (fairy tale) universe that the children who are the heroes in the stories (boys and girls) mysteriously get transported to and have exciting adventures in. A main character in the stories is the Lion, Aslan, who is a symbol for Jesus ("The" 1)." Often the symbols we meet in fiction are inanimate objects, but other things also may function symbolically (Kennedy and Gioia 1). In this book, we see Lewis using everything from animals, objects, people, and so on so forth as symbols for Christianity. The saviour of the story, the lion Aslan, is used as a symbol for Jesus and hope for all the world of Narnia. The objects given to the four main characters in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe were used to help fight against and defeat the evil in the world of Narnia. These objects symbolize such things that we use to fight off the spiritual evil we face in the real world such as the sword representing the Bible.




Works Cited

Clare, David. "C.S. Lewis: an Irish Writer." Irish Studies Review 18.3 (2010): 17-38. Web. 1 May 2011.
"C.S. Lewis, scholar and spiritual writer." C.S. Lewis, scholar and spiritual writer, n.d. Web. 30 April 2011.
Griffin, Emilie. "Who is C.S. Lewis?" Explore Faith. N.p. n.d. Web. 1 May 2011.
Kennedy, X.J., and Dana Gioio. Symbol. Longman, n.d. Print.
"The Chronicles of Narnia." Prayer Foundation. N.p. n.d. Web. 1 May 2011.


Images Cited

Chillingworth, John. e.g. 1950. BBC Hulton Picture Library. Web. 30 April 2011.
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe." N.p. n.d. Web. 1 May 2011.


Reviews



Kelly Denton's Review of Ashley Pearson's Wiki Project: Purpose: I believe that you have attained your purpose to teach the class about C.S. Lewis and some of his writings.
I would like to see more about the Cristianity topic. Focus: Your page is concise and to the point. Content quality: I would add mabye one more book review. Research: You certainly did a great job at research. Documentation: I think you did a good job at documentation.
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Alexis Durand's review for Ashley
Hi not sure whether your done or not but I would still try to add some more information and pictures to the page. Hope this helps.