Jesus, The Witch and the Wardrobe

All pictures in this Hub is courtesy of Google Images
All pictures in this Hub is courtesy of Google Images

The Chronicles of Narnia (by C.S. Lewis) is one of my favourite book series and movies. I have watched the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe countless times. Each time I watch it, I notice more and more Biblical references. When I first read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I didn't notice the Biblical references as much as when I watched the movie (which, by the way, makes a great Easter movie). Now I would like to share with you the things I noticed.

Lucy enters Narnia
Lucy enters Narnia
Edmund is tricked by the White Witch
Edmund is tricked by the White Witch

Characters

Let's start with the characters and what they represent Biblically.

Lucy Pevensie, the youngest of the 4 children, is the "saint" of the group. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, because of her innocence, she is able to see things that her older siblings do not see. She is able to enter into the magical kingdom of Narnia (which, in some way, represents Heaven).

“…Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 18:3)

Edmund Pevensie, the second youngest, really angered me in this first movie. He was the vulnerable one of the bunch; the one who succumbed to temptation the easiest and, as a result, betrayed his family. Edmund was seduced by the White Witch, who feeds from coldness and the fear of others.

Undoubtedly, the White Witch represents the devil, while Edmund represents Judas, who betrayed Jesus Christ.

Isn't Satan the bearer of light? Well, that is why the White Witch is the white witch. She loves everything icy and snowy, which is why she hinders Narnia from transitioning into spring. Just as Satan posed as a snake to trick Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, the White Witch poses as a queen and bribes Edmund with his favourite sweeties, promising that she had a lot more at her lair, thus luring him right into her arms.

Last, but not least, there is Aslan, the representation Jesus. Aslan performs a plethora of miracles throughout the book series and the Narnia movies.

C.S. Lewis' description of Aslan:

At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again

That sounds a lot like Jesus to me.

The sons of Adam and daughters of Eve
The sons of Adam and daughters of Eve

Adam and Eve

The creatures in Narnia call the four children the sons of Adam and daughters of Eve. Does that ring a bell?

C.S. Lewis writes:

When Adam's flesh and Adam's bone,

Sits at Cair Paravel in throne,

The evil time will be over and done.

In other words, humans are to rule over Narnia, just as God put Adam and Eve to rule over the earth when he first created mankind.

Aslan forgives Edmund
Aslan forgives Edmund
Aslan is sacrificed
Aslan is sacrificed

Aslan's Miracles

Aslan breathed the breath of life unto Lucy's friend, the Fawn, after the White Witch kills him.

Aslan forgives Edmund for his betrayal just as Jesus forgave Judas.

Aslan fed an entire army, just as Jesus fed the 5,000 with only five loaves of bread and two fish.

Aslan sacrifices himself for Edmund's sin and for Narnia's salvation. He allows the White Witch to kill him on the stone table, just as Jesus died for us on the cross.

The resurrection of Aslan is the greatest miracle of all!

The resurrection of Aslan
The resurrection of Aslan

In Closing...

There are many, many debates on this very topic; of whether or not these Biblical parallels really exist (whether C.S. Lewis intentionally made them so) or whether it was just a coincidence. Many people deny the representation of Jesus Christ in Aslan.

The most interesting thing about The Chronicles of Narnia (to me) is that C.S. Lewis not only uses Biblical references but he mixes it with mythological and fantastical imagery as well. After all, in Narnia there ARE talking animals, naiads, dryads, nymphs, griffins, phoenixes and many other creatures... not to mention the use of magic and sorcery.

While many may feel that mixing Biblical references and fantasy/mythology is blasphemous, I thought it was pretty clever. It was a very interesting mix indeed.

If you haven't read any of the books or seen any of the movies, I recommend you do so.

I also must recommend the Narnia soundtrack for you music lovers out there. Harry Gregson-Williams is an amazing film score composer. I own the soundtrack and I haven't grown tired of listening to the music behind the movie as yet (be warned that it's all instrumental).

I hope you enjoyed this Hub. Thank you for reading!

Enjoy pictures of the final battle (also courtesy of Google Images)

The army of Aslan
The army of Aslan
Good vs evil
Good vs evil
Looks like Peter has on the whole armour (of God) :)
Looks like Peter has on the whole armour (of God) :)
Beware the wiles of the enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy.
Beware the wiles of the enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy.
The children of Adam and Eve now rule over Narnia.
The children of Adam and Eve now rule over Narnia.

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marvalousnj 6 years ago from Central Jersey USA

I remember seeing this movie and saying "wow" as I connected Aslan's role as that of Jesus Christ. Very interestingly put, keep up your writing...it will surely take you somewhere great!


CMCastro 6 years ago

I am aware that Hollywood and other film producers will use tangible symbolism through representing the attractiveness of imaginative characters so they can teach children. CS Lewis was very creative in doing so. The characters help the young and the less knowledgeable relate to personal experiences. As a teaching tool this is excellent. Personally, I would like to add to this creative film review the scripture, Hebrews

11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (from KJV) If someone is not paying attention to the symbolism in this movie, they will just see it as another fantasy. Thank you for your sharing. I have the opportunity to read the book, "Chronicles of Narnia" as soon as I put it on my "To Do" list.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello, marvalous. It's good you made that connection as well. Thank you for commenting!

CM, CS Lewis was very creative in doing so, wasn't he? Thank you for the addition of Hebrews 11. People are often too caught up by the fantasy to notice the symbolism. Thank you for commenting! Enjoy reading Narnia.


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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada

Great hub, I knew there were similarities but didn't put it all together. Very creative. Have you ever read "screwtape letters"by c.s. lewis. It is also a good book.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello, Sky. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. No, I've never read screwtape letters but I'll definitely add that of my list of books I need to read. I planned to read a lot of books this summer but I'm always too busy reading people's work on HubPages. haha.

Thanks again for commenting!


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Great movie, great hub! There is no denying the similarity of Aslan to Jesus. This movie was shown in the church I am a member of. It was discussed afterwards to bring the gospel truths found in it to the notice of those who might otherwise have missed it. Thanks for reminding me of it. The powerful imagery is an effective ministry tool.


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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

So many people have said to me that there are biblical references in these books (which I have not yet had the pleasure of reading), but nobody bothered to support these arguments with much effort. Thanks for getting into more detail! Now I want to read these classics more than ever.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello Fred, thank you very much. Hey, I should recommend this movie to the youth ministry head. They should definitely have a movie night with the youth and then discuss the movie afterwards. Thanks for giving me a good idea and for commenting!

Simone, I'm glad I can give you a little push towards wanting to read the books. I must admit, I haven't read all but I definitely read the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It's a fast read as it is written for children. Thanks for commenting!


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Zannie10 6 years ago

Great Hub! Because of you, I now have an interest in seeing this movie. Great job pointing these out, now I can pay attention to this!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi, Zannie! I'm glad I've sparked your interest in Narnia. I think you'll definitely like it since you like animals and sci-fi. Hehe. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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allpurposeguru 6 years ago from North Carolina

I trace my salvation to reading the preface to Screwtape Letters. (There's not much special about it rereading it now, but God used it in a powerful way.) Anyway, when I got a hold of Chronicles of Narnia, I was looking for Christian references. What astounded me was how Lewis was able to put the gospel across on so many levels that even people with no knowledge of Scripture would get the point. My favorite scene for that is the ending of The Silver Chair. Thanks for writing about this.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

God works in mysterious ways, doesn't He, allpurposeguru? That's very interesting. Thank you for sharing. I have to read the Screwtape Letters. Thanks for commenting!


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

My son was especially fascinated with C.S.Lewis' Narnia stories. He has the whole set with him.

One book of C.S.Lewis worth reading is 'Mere Christianity'.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello Pratonix! Mere Christianity? Okay. The comments on this Hub have so far given me 2 books to read. I guess I'll have to find time to do so. Thanks for commenting!


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

I loved this movie series! I wish they would do all the books, but I'm glad that they did any of them. This is one of the oldest fantasies that touches on the aspect of Urban Fantasy, with the way the characters came from the real world, but it is mostly just a classic fantasy, one of the oldest and best, I think. The idea of climbing into a closet, going through a door, falling in a lake, or getting lost in the woods, and somehow ending up in a fantasy world, this idea will always pique my curiosity.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Narnia is awesome. I don't know why they skip over the books but it's working for them. The first two movies were awesome and I'm awaiting the third in December.

You sure do love Urban Fantasy, don't you. I remember once a few years ago, I was in a silly mood and I put my jacket on and waited for my mother to walk into the living room. When she did, I opened the closet and started walking in there. My mom asked, "Where are you going?" and I said, "To Narnia." HAHAHA!! Corney, I know! But it was so funny!

Thanks for commenting!


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

anytime! urban fantasy is my new obsession if you couldn't tell!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Haha, no AC. I couldn't tell one bit! You keep your new "obsession" hidden so well. lol


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

LOL!

Guess WHAT K??? I got a Chronicles of Narnia poster today! FREE from the movie theater where I saw that spy movie Salt. The poster is way cool for a freebee, plus the movie was darn good too. Oh, and if you haven't seen Inception, check that one out too. Those are two highly recommended summer movies!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Ooh, ooh! I want a free poster! I want one! :)

I think I want to see Salt. It looks really interesting. I haven't seen Inception either. I'll check those two out when they come to RedBox. Thanks for the recommendation!


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

It amazes me the people who claim the narnia books have nothing to do with christainity. C.S.Lewis himselfs said it is an allogory!


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kaltopsyd 5 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

People try to deny it, but it's sooo obvious! :D


 3 years ago

Love it!

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