Which Witch is Which?

Lilith can be compared to the White Witch. Both are portrayed as the evil villains of their corresponding secondary worlds. The witches worked towards different goals. Lilith was trying to mediate and encourage the happy ending of a story, whereas the White Witch was trying to prevent one by prohibiting the Pevensie children from taking the throne at Cair Paravel. The secondary worlds and the intentions of Lilith and the White Witch are dissimilar, however, their use of magic, appearance, and actions proves them to be nearly identical.

The first way in which they are similar is by the description of their appearance. At the ball Lilith’s dress is described as being so white that, “Until that point it had never occurred to Nanny Ogg that there could be different colors of white” (Pratchett 281). Her dress is also illustrated as having “puffed sleeves” and being “edged with lace” (Pratchett 282). Similarly, when Edmund meets the White Witch in “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” she is described as being “covered in white fur up to her throat (Lewis 33). Lilith and the White Witch also lied to and deceived Edmund and Ella upon meeting them. When Magrat met Ella for the first time, Ella asks her if she is the good fairy godmother, “Oh the good one,” she said. “Definitely” (Pratchett 214). However, Lilith had already planted ideas of good and evil into Ella’s head before Magrat met her and insisted that she was the good the fairy godmother. This is shown when Ella responds to Magrat, “that’s just what she said too” (Pratchett 214). In “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, the White Witch acts correspondingly. She lures Edmund in with Turkish Delight, and bribes him into thinking that she is good and just wants to meet his family. Therefore, when Edmund learns of Aslan, he already has in his mind that the White Witch is good and that he needs to arrange for his brother and sisters to meet her. Lilith and the White Witch inserted ideas into their targets causing them to be skeptical of other forces that claimed themselves to be good such as Magrat or Aslan.

Lilith and the White Witch also both use animal servants to try and achieve their goals. The White Witch has guards that are wolves. They do her bidding and search out the Pevensie children when the White Witch is seeking them. Lilith has three sisters that are “guarding” Ella, “they’re snakes” (Pratchett 233). They are described as having teeth that have never been seen on human before, skin that looked like scales, and one sister’s “gaze was fixed immovably on Magrat” (Pratchett 231). They also rely heavily on spies. Lilith spied through various mirrors to observe what others were doing throughout the world, and the White Witch used some of the trees, birds, and animals in Narnia as her spies.

Magic is the downfall of both Witches. The White Witch was hindered by not being able to understand the Deeper Magic, which allowed Aslan to rise after he sacrificed himself. She also relied so much on her wand that when Edmund stripped it away from her, she was left defenseless and ultimately defeated. Lilith also fell prey to magic. She was unable to understand that stories need to, and want to end and that good always overcomes evil. At the end of the story, Death placed Lilith “inside the mirror” leaving her in a state that “is somewhere between” being dead and alive (Pratchett 340).

In conclusion, the White Witch and Lilith are very similar in their actions, intentions and appearance. They had different motives. Lilith was trying to mediate and influence the happy ending of Ella’s story; the White Witch was trying to prevent Narnia’s happy ending by preventing the Pevensie children from sitting in the thrones of Cair Paravel. However, they both reacted similarly by trying to portray themselves as the “good guy”. In the end magic was the downfall of Lilith and the White Witch.

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