The Sequel to Adam and Eve

While reading “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis what came to mind was the sequel to the story of Adam and Eve.  In the story the four children Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are referred to as “the two sons of Adam and the two daughters of Eve” (Lewis 39).  The characters Aslan, the White Witch, and the four children are similar to those in the story of Adam and Eve.  Aslan the ruler of Narnia is similar to god, the White Witch represents the serpent that uses temptation to corrupt one of the children, and of course the children are similar to Adam and Eve, Edmund be the one that is tricked by the Witch, serpent.

Aslan symbolizes God because he’s the ruler and creator of the world of Narnia, as was God to the Garden of Eden.   He returns from to Narnia to lead his army in the battle to reclaim Narnia from the evil White Witch.  Aslan would do anything to protect his land and his followers.  An example of his likeness to God would be the use of his divine powers.  In order to save the life of one of his companions, Edmund, he sacrifices his own life, as did Jesus to save us from eternal sin.  The day after the killing of Aslan he rose from the dead.

The White Witch represents the serpent in multiple ways.  Throughout the story you witness how controlling and manipulative she truly is.  She uses temptation to miss guide one of the four children, Edmund, when she offers him Turkish Delight, which could be seen as a representation of the apple the serpent tricked Eve into eating in the story of Adam and Eve.  Once Edmund has consumed the enchanted Turkish Delight the White Witch then requests that he bring his other siblings to Narnia.  She fools him into luring them into Narnia so she can dispose of the two sons of Adam and the two daughters of Eve because the prophesy foretells they will rise to defeat her and reclaim Narnia.  Once Aslan has retrieved Edmund from the White Witch she mentions that as a trader Edmund must face the death penalty.  The White Witch is later defeated by Aslna in battle, this being an example of God triumphing over evil to protect his followers.

In ways Edmund is very similar to Eve.  He was unable to resist the temptation of the White Witch, the serpent, and her enchanted Turkish Delight, the apple.  Throughout the story Edmund goes through a character transformation from antagonist to protagonist.  He goes from sneaking around following the White Witches orders finally joining up with his siblings to fight alongside them in the battle that will determine who be the rulers of Narnia.

One response to “The Sequel to Adam and Eve

  1. Edmund is redeemed even though he took the side of the White Witch at the beginning of the book. Aslan, symbolizing Christ, dies to save Edmund, the “sinner” which is an obvious analogy to Christianity. However, why isn’t the White Witch redeemed or why must she be killed along with the creatures who served her? Why arn’t these sinners forgiven like they would be in the bible?

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