A light breeze rustled through the forest of Narnia as a thunderous roar pierced the silence. Echoing through the trees, the deep, intimidating voice seemed to shake the ground beneath forest creatures.
It was Aslan, a mighty lion. He leapt from the shadows and into the clearing. His mane flew behind him as he moved with grace and strength, his golden fur shining in the sunlight. His piercing green eyes were filled with a fierce determination as he stood tall and proud.
This is Aslan as pictured by author C.S. Lewis: a symbol of strength, courage, redemption, hope, forgiveness, and love. In Lewis’ own words, Aslan is more than a mere allegory of Jesus Christ. He is an incarnation of the same qualities and ideals that Christ represents. Aslan is a powerful figure acting as a moral leader and protector of the Narnian people, much like Jesus Christ is for all of humanity.
The parallels between Christ and Aslan in Narnia are numerous.
Both figures are symbols of hope and redemption and are central figures in a story of good versus evil. Aslan is described as a lion, which is a symbol of power and strength and is also reminiscent of the “Lion of Judah” in the Bible.
Additionally, both figures are sacrificial figures. Aslan gives his life to save Edmund, while Christ sacrifices himself to save humanity. Both figures also rise from the dead, with Aslan coming back to life after being killed by the White Witch and Christ rising from the dead after his crucifixion.
Both figures also have a power to forgive and offer redemption. Aslan offers redemption to Edmund for his betrayal and Christ offered redemption to humanity for their sins. Aslan is also a source of comfort and guidance for the children of Narnia, much like Christ is a source of comfort and guidance for Christians.
Finally, both figures are symbols of love. Aslan’s love and sacrifice for the children of Narnia is a symbol of the love of God, while Christ’s love and sacrifice for humanity is a symbol of the love of God. They are also symbols of hope, as they offer redemption and the promise of a better future.
Since the beginning of his writing process, C.S. Lewis had been experiencing peculiar dreams concerning lions, as if a lion named Aslan (a Turkish word for lion) was compelling him to create the world of Narnia. Aslan’s presence seemed to suggest he was a worthy entity that Lewis needed to make sure to include in his work. And so Lewis, a born-again Catholic, set about the task.
Aslan Activity 1
Use a stronger verb to reduce the following phrases:
- Aslan offers redemption to Edmund for his betrayal and Christ offered redemption to humanity for their sins.
- Aslan’s love and sacrifice for the children of Narnia is a symbol of the love of God, while Christ’s love and sacrifice for humanity is a symbol of the love of God.
- Aslan’s presence seemed to suggest he was a worthy entity that Lewis needed to make sure to include in his work.