"the Whole Art and Joy of Words": Aslan's Speech in the Chronicles of Narnia (Critical Essay)

By Mythlore

  • Release Date - Published: 2003-06-22
  • Book Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Author: Mythlore
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"the Whole Art and Joy of Words": Aslan's Speech in the Chronicles of Narnia (Critical Essay) Mythlore read online review & book description:

THERE are many instances in literature of characters stepping out of the books which create them. What I mean is that many people recognise and know about Robinson Crusoe, Oliver Twist, or Peter Pan who have certainly never read the stories in which they feature. Another example is Aslan, who is widely known to be a lion and can perhaps be associated with Narnia even though little else about the Narnian Chronicles may be known. Nor is there likely to be much argument that he is the dominant character in the Narnian tales. C. S. Lewis always resisted making any simple equation that Aslan is Jesus Christ. In his first novel, The Pilgrim's Regress, he came closest to allegory but he spent the remainder of his prolific career retreating from anything so explicit. He discussed the specific case of Narnia on several occasions in his letters. For example, on May 29, 1954, he wrote to some fifth-graders:

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