… a family favourite and such a well known story from the novel, films and more recently dramatised and presented up and down the UK including more recently at The Lyceum in Edinburgh.
I loved the story as a child and read it myself at about 9 or 10 years but I did not see it as an allegory until I was an adult. As a girl I found it thrilling to be spun into the world of fantasy from somewhere as normal as a wardrobe. How many kids have played hide and seek and hoped or dreamed that it would happen to themselves – to be whisked into a realm akin to Narnia?
The layers of meaning for a child learning about right and wrong, hidden dangers and who to trust are so obvious now, as is the Christ-like figure of Aslan~ gentle but firm guidance, teaching values, rescuing from danger, elements of faith and the ultimate sacrifice.
A ‘truth’ the story has taught me more recently is that the Christ– figure can come in all sorts of guises, dwelling in real people, animals, or in a spiritual sense – or if I look closely deep within myself.
Do you think the lasting messages of books we read as children live with us throughout adulthood?
I believe that a story such as this is all the more wonderful because it appeals to both adults and children, with different layers of meaning.