"Carl F. Hostetter" wrote:
> On Mar 3, 2004, at 1:53 PM, Margaret Dean wrote:
> > Come on now, Carl, you know better than that. =The Lion, the Witch,
> > and the Wardrobe= is NOT an allegory. Lewis said it wasn't (he
> > preferred to call it a "supposal"), and he, of all people, should
> > know.
> Actually, I didn't know that Lewis made any such claim. At any rate,
> Aslan _is_ Christ, his sacrifice at the hands of Jadis _is_ The
> Crucifixion, etc., etc. That makes it a Christian allegory in my book.
But the identifications are not at the same level. By "supposal"
Lewis meant something like "Suppose Christ were to manifest
Himself in a world like Narnia's -- what form might he take, and
what might happen?" Therefore Aslan "is" Christ in a very
fundamental way, but his sacrifice on the Stone Table is a
similar or parallel event to the Crucifixion, not the same event.
I had to smile a bit when you said it was a Christian allegory
"in my book", and think, "But what about Lewis' book?" ...
because it's awfully tempting to say that Lewis "wrote the book"
on the subject of allegory (=The Allegory of Love=). All right,
maybe not =the= book, but I believe it's still a highly valued
study of the subject, though first published in 1936.
I suspect one reason both Lewis and Tolkien got a bit tetchy at
hearing their fantasies called "allegories" was that both of them
were medievalists by training and knew very well what an
allegory, by its original definition, was.