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Random Childhood Memory: Aslan Is Evil

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One of the things that happens during moving is that you turn up many possessions that were long buried. It's like tilling hard packed soil and finding gold coins. =)


I found a box set of The Chronicles of Narnia and I'd put them aside to catch up with the entire series. I'm almost finished Book 2: Prince Caspian.

It's common knowledge that C. S. Lewis had claimed that Aslan represents God/Jesus.

But, to be perfectly honest, I'm now convinced that it's a bald-faced lie. Now that I'm most of the way through Prince Caspian, there's too much that makes me think he just said that to gain acceptance and avoid persecution from the Christian community.

The fact that this seems like it is accepted as a sufficient and satisfactory explanation is a bit boggling. The Chronicles of Narnia feels much more occultish to me, than say, the Harry Potter series. But I suppose that's perfectly in line with "faith". Faith means you don't look at it and think for yourself, you just accept that anyone who claims to be aligned with your "God", is on your side and telling the truth.

I'm also reading elements of psychedelic drug use into some of these passages in Prince Caspian. I'm willing to bet that if I re-read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe as an adult, I would see LSD trips and occult things everywhere as well.

I never liked Aslan. From what I remember of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, he was a creepy, suspicious character to me. I constantly doubted that he was on the side of good. I was never sure of Aslan's intentions and it truly was a surprise to me that he was a good character afterall. And I think because of her somewhat special relationship with him, Lucy irked me.

And that feeling has continued into Prince Caspian.

That's not to say that I don't like this series, but the real life backstory around the series feels slimey and hypocritical. I think it's a fascinating adventure. I'm mostly drawn to Susan and Edmund; Lucy is annoying and Peter is useless.


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yueni
Apr. 14th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
Oddly enough, your sentiments echoed mine when I first read the series as a child. I was never quite certain about Aslan and loathed Lucy. I thought her troublesome and annoying. I didn't like Edmond either, because I thought him annoying and arrogant. I was kind of meh about Peter, but I adored Susan, and lost all interest in the series when I found out that Susan was "bad" in the end.
bride
Apr. 14th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
I have yet to get to that part. I have a feeling it's not that she's "bad" but she's interpreted as "bad" by simpler definitions. C. S. Lewis strikes me as the type to convolute things and to be very much into the "hide things in plain sight" type of magician =)

Edmund (pardon) is interesting to me because he seems more capable of reason than the other children. Even when his logic was flawed or the premises on which he based his reasoning was flawed, he's written with the most thinking. =)
yuu_kun
Apr. 14th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
I don't mean to butt in, but I wanted to make a reply to your comment on "faith." While I'm sure there are enough people out there who match your definition of faith well enough to make it a valid argument, I don't agree that it's a good definition of faith in and of itself.

My faith, personally, is in God, not in man. I'm willing to give people the benefit of the doubt, but I don't blindly accept what people tell me when their actions prove otherwise. Faith, I'm sure, is as individual as belief.

As an aside, a story is told as much by the reader as it is the author. The experiences and beliefs we bring to a book affect the story substantialy (I think). If there's something you see in a story, then in all likelihood it's there ... even if it's just there for you and no one else.
bride
Apr. 14th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
I love it when people butt in, feel free to butt away whenever =)

I've come to realize — over many conversations with different people and finally had it driven home by one lecture by Dr. Richard Dawkins — that at the heart of it, those with a religious upbringing and those without a religious upbringing define "faith" quite differently.
bride
Apr. 16th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Someone wrote:
That’s fiction….you will enjoy the book better if you avoid comparing it to real life situations and join in the character’s adventures and be in their world instead. Happy reading :)
I didn't say I didn't enjoy it. I enjoy it immensely. =)

People talk about the villians that they "love to hate". I love to hate who I love to hate, regardless of whether they're protagonists or antagonists and regardless of what everyone else thinks.

=)
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