Allegory (was, Mouse takes on Lion)
- "Carl F. Hostetter" wrote:
> On Mar 3, 2004, at 1:53 PM, Margaret Dean wrote:But the identifications are not at the same level. By "supposal"
> > 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.
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.
- I accept that Lewis and I are applying different usages of the word
"allegory"; indeed, I knew that we had to be in order for him to deny
that _LWW_ is a Christian allegory.
But I don't want that to detract from the meaning of my original
statement, which is that I "boldly" predict (i.e., consider it a pretty
safe bet) that the Christian elements of Lewis's story, fundamental as
they are, will nonetheless not survive the Disney filter; in precisely
the way that the same elements in Tolkien's story did not survive
Jackson and Boyen's "vision".
(Who also was a medievalist in college and has read more than his fair
share of medieval allegories and considers _LWW_ as obviously
allegorical as such canonical medieval allegories as _Pearl_ or _Piers