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Creator of Narnia: C.S. Lewis

Lakshana N. Palat

C.S. Lewis was born in 1898, in Belfast into the world of books. His  mother loved reading and encouraged him to read good classics too.  His favourite author was E.S Nesbit. He preferred reading rather than to go out and play like most children. As adolescents, he and his brother were more at home in the world of ideas and books of the past rather than the upcoming technology of the 20th century. This tranquil childhood was shattered beyond repair when his mother died of cancer when he was ten. From that age, he started writing stories and excelling in scholastics. Soon, thereafter, he became precociously oriented towards the metaphysical and ultimate questions. The rest of his saga and the particulars of his writing career might be seen as the melancholy search for security he had taken for granted in his childhood. By Lewis’s testimony this recovery was when he converted to Christianity. The best of all his works are The Chronicles of Narnia, which was published in 1950-1956, and these earned him the reputation of one of the best authors in that time.       If we look at C. S Lewis’s books today and Harry Potter, one is inclined to think that the Chronicles of Narnia are a predecessor to Potter. There is a lot of good versus evil, witches and wizards, a completely new world into which one escapes. The world of Narnia is an enchanted place. In the first book, The Magician’s Nephew we are introduced to the new world of Narnia with Polly and Diggory who accidentally vanish into Narnia because of a vicious uncle. It is here we meet the evil witch Jadis, who wiped out cities and countries. The seven books which follow, are all centred on Narnia, and one important character, which appears in all seven, is Aslan. Aslan is a lion, feared and loved by all, as he wipes out evil, and is a saviour. Here, C.S Lewis symbolizes Aslan as Christ. He is good and is like a messiah from god.      In the next book we see four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy who enter Narnia through the wardrobe and end the rule of the white witch Jadis, and so the evil is always wiped out. One point to be noted about C.S Lewis’s books is that Narnia cannot be entered by the same ...

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