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November 22nd, 2005
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Gopnik on C.S. Lewis

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From:dorable
Date:November 22nd, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Some of the allegory works really well though. It's been a while, so I only remember one example (I don't even remember which book it was...): where the kids are trapped underground and told that the world above is only an illusion. And they say they're going to keep on believing in it even if it is just an illusion. That was really powerful stuff on both levels.

But I'm a fan of Christian symbolism, so.
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From:goliard
Date:November 22nd, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that's in The Silver Chair, and you're right, it's a wonderful scene. But then it isn't specifically Christian allegory, is it?
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From:dorable
Date:November 22nd, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
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It is. I mean, it can be interpreted farther to fit other faiths and even political beliefs -- good allegories have lots of layers -- but the Christian interpretation is very close and clean. Earth vs. the Heavenly Jerusalem.
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