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RE: [mythsoc] Re: Query about Edmund

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  • Hugh Davis
    Thank you for your response. I agree with your interpretation of Aslan. I think there s a measure of fear and uncertainty together there, precisely becauae he
    Message 1 of 22 , Jul 10, 2005
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      Thank you for your response. I agree with your interpretation of Aslan. I
      think there's a measure of fear and uncertainty together there, precisely
      becauae he does feel alone.

      While I agree Edmund is an Adam figure in many ways, he is less-and-less
      self-centered as the novel progresses, and I am not sure he couldn't grasp
      sacrifice if told about it. When reminded how fearful he is when the witch
      is calling for his blood, he should understand the importance of what Aslan
      has done. I can see it would be difficult, but I don't know that telling him
      lacks a purpose.


      >From: Heather Gemmen <hgemmen@...>
      >Reply-To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      >To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      >CC: Heather Gemmen <hgemmen@...>
      >Subject: [mythsoc] Re: Query about Edmund
      >Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 14:51:07 -0400
      >It seems to me that Edmund is an Adam figure who will learn about
      >Aslan's sacrifice through the course of time; Edmund as a person
      >doesn't have the intellectual ability to grasp "sacrifice" if someone
      >tells him about it, as he is completely self-centered at this stage
      >in his development. As an Adam figure should be. Therefore, it would
      >be pointless for Edmund to be told about Aslan's sacrifice, as Edmund
      >would discount it out of hand; it's just his personality, and Aslan
      >recognizes it.
      >Aslan's uncertitude seems also fear, as Jesus was fearful in the
      >hours leading up to his own death. Even to a devout Christian, doubt
      >is a part of belief. I interpret Aslan's apprehension of future
      >events to be similar to Christ's, who knew what would transpire but
      >dreaded it nonetheless. In our world Jesus was abandoned by God on
      >the cross, and when I imagined Aslan's body lying cold on the stone I
      >pictured him as completely separate from his faraway father as well.
      >Aslan seems to go through the "Mount of Olives meditations" before
      >this scene. I re-read some of these scenes a number of times and I
      >don't think I could make sense of them if I isolated one scene and
      >read it as a stand-alone.
      >Sorry this contribution to the Edmund discussion came a little late.
      >That's a problem with mobile computing--you can bring your laptop to
      >the cottage but you can't find a 45-mile-long Ethernet cable to
      >Heather Gemmen
      >B.A., Calvin College 1990
      >English Masters of Arts Program, Grand Valley State University
      >On Jul 5, 2005, at 6:58 AM, mythsoc@yahoogroups.com wrote:
      > > Message: 4
      > > Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2005 11:57:41 -0400
      > > From: "Hugh Davis" <HughHDavis@...>
      > > Subject: RE: Query about Edmund
      > >
      > > They do have a long talk, prior to the White Witch coming and
      > > demanding
      > > Edmund's blood. It's debatable how much Aslan knows before things
      > > happen--he
      > > seems unsure heading to the stone table and has told Peter he may
      > > not be at
      > > the battle the next day--so it's left unclear whether or not Aslan
      > > knows the
      > > Witch will come and make this claim (although presumably he could
      > > expect it
      > > from one like her). In his _Companion to Narnia_, Paul Ford
      > > suggests, given
      > > how Edmund acts as he matures, that Lucy might win out against
      > > Susan and
      > > tell Edmund afterall.
      > >
      > > I was curious if those more familiar with Lewis' personal writings and
      > > letters knew if he had ever commented on this scene, or been asked
      > > about it,
      > > or if it could relate to his own views of the sacrifice in the
      > > crucifixion.
      > >
      > > Thanks, Diane, by the way, for the reply--I was starting to fear I
      > > was a
      > > voice alone in the wilderness!
      > >
      > > Hugh
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