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This paper presents an analysis and overview of C.S. Lewis's beloved children's series about Narnia. First, the paper addresses some of the themes that are found in the seven novels in the series. Then, the paper discusses the intended audience for these works, particularly if they were really meant for children or for adults. Next, each of the novels is described, citing their basic plot and major characters. Additionally, some background information about Lewis's creative process and criticism of the works is included. In particular, the comments of JJRR Tolkien are included. The paper concludes by noting how the series comes to an end, with Aslan judging the animals.
From the Paper:"C.S. Lewis wrote the books between 1949 and 1954, virtually creating intriguing storylines for the whole world to enjoy. The readers are being presented with the complex world of Narnia, as the writer relates to the land's history. Apparently, the magical world has had several rulers from the moment of its creation and until its destruction. Lewis describes all of the leaders and episodes from the time of each reign. The story is not presented in a standard chronological order, not an abnormal phenomenon for children stories."
"In spite of the fact that the series is obviously intended for children, it can also be read and enjoyed by adults. Moreover, while children can appreciate the books for the storyline and the captivating action, adults can enjoy them for the hidden messages which are scattered all across the series. People are most probably surprised as a consequence of rereading the book in their adulthoods. Even with the obvious fictional character of the series, Lewis manages to give his stories an air of reality. The worlds present in Narnia are apparently more real than the real world, in which Lewis's characters actually live in."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Caughey Shanna. (2005). "Revisiting Narnia: fantasy, myth, and religion in C.S. Lewis' chronicles". BenBella Books.
- King, Don W. "Gold Mining or Gold Digging? the Selling of Narnia". Christianity and Literature, Vol. 55, 2006.
- Lewis, C. S. (2004). "The chronicles of Narnia". HarperCollins.
- Sammons, Martha C. (2004). "A Guide Through Narnia". Regent College Publishing
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