Pilgrims and Allegories – for children or for adults? – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

… 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.


About Diana Jackson

Author of 'The Healing Paths of Fife', Historical Romantic fiction ~ The Riduna Series set in 19th and early 20th Century a murder mystery ~ 'Murder, Now and Then' and two memoir. What links my books ~ history! Website:www.dianamaryjackson.co.uk Blog:www.dianamj.wordpress.com Riduna on Twitter and on Facebook too!
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