April 13th, 2007

eLouai

Random Childhood Memory: Aslan Is Evil

weather: light rain
outside: 8.4°C
mood: tired
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.