Site Columns By Michelle
December 9, 2005 - 8:56 PM

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This weekend I am going to see The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - possibly even twice, since I'm reviewing it for The Green Man Review. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I read the book about ten times in my childhood, the film looks fantastic, I love Tilda Swinton who plays the White Witch, I adored the first six books in C.S. Lewis' series, I've read numerous comparisons between this film and both the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter films (both of which I love)...and, on the other hand, after I read The Last Battle, the final volume of the Narnia series in which Aslan turns into Jesus at the end, I put the book down and didn't read them again for years. I felt extremely betrayed. This is arguably my own fault, since I had no way of understanding in the earlier books that I was reading Christian allegory; having grown up Jewish, I did not recognize the march to Golgotha in Aslan's actions, and in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, my very favorite of the series (naturally - it took place on a ship!), I did not recognize the voyage to the Utter East as a spiritual journey.

Now that I have read John Donne's Easter sermons and The Faerie Queene, I look at Narnia very differently. I suppose that on one level, I admire it more, and I will forever be grateful to Lewis for teaching me how to read Spenser and Milton when I got there. But knowing this now does not quite make up for the sense of betrayal I felt as a ten year old when I was suddenly hit over the head with the religious baggage that became so overt in the final novel. Am I going to be able to enjoy The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe as a glorious childhood fantasy about saving a world, or is it going to bring up all that frustration? I guess I won't know until I see it.

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