Breaking the Spell of the Modern world
Posted by LizzyBeth
”…remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them. And you and I have need of the strongest spells that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness which has been laid upon us for nearly a hundred years.” -C. S. Lewis
One of Lewis’s greatest talents was for creating enchanting worlds and places that, through the power of words, break the spells that bind our thinking. Narnia is the most well known examples of this. The world of Narnia is a strange mixture of our world and the mythical. There are things in Narnia that are very real: pain, suffering, death, joy, celebration, hard work, kings and rulers, but there are the elements of myth, fauns, draiads, dwarfs, witches, talking beasts. It is the world for children and yet at the same time it is the world for adults.
However, as real and magical as Narnia is, the spell does not effect everyone the same. As Brian pointed out in his post about Susan Pevensie, Susan let the cares of this world destroy the magic of Narnia for her. But for Lucy the magic of Narnia never left her. She was always able to see Aslan, or rather see the truth within the lies of the world. This is not to say that Lucy is weak for believing in fairy stories and kids’ stuff as Susan and the world would have us think. Lucy was strong; she remembered the fairy tales and understood the power of Aslan was greater then the fragmented disjointed and trivial obsessions of the world.
About LizzyBethThere is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.
Posted on November 11, 2011, in Authors, C. S. Lewis, Children's Literature, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Literary Criticism, Rachel Burkholder and tagged C. S. Lewis, Lucy Pevensie, myth, Narnia, Susan Pevensie. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.