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ENGB35H3 Lecture Notes - Tea In The United Kingdom, Mr. Tumnus, Gluttony

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ENGB35 The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe 2
Note about essay: can write about the Hunger Games and Harry Potter.
The Professor: Things don’t have to be empirically verifiable to be true
Romantic model of Christianity
Morals and imagination and faith come hand and hand
o To profess to affirm, to state one’s belief in something
o Expertise and education, academics
o Declaration of faith and principles
Belief at stake, as well as teaching
Edmund: the only character that undergoes any change
Spiteful liar
o gluttony (shifts discourse from romantic Christianity to puritanical due to his appetite)
Turkish Delight enchanted food never satisfies, only increases appetite
“Don’t take candy from strangers” moral taught from early age
Extremely White Northern White Witch, the Turkish Delight, exoticism
oriental delight
European travelers get seduced by exotic bounty from the East
Built into Western culture
Fear: Europeans will lose themselves and their agency as they’re seduced by
warm and luxuriant climate of the East
o Envy (particularly of Peter)
What sways him to the Witch’s side: promise to be King over his brother
Feelings that he has himself, not necessarily justified by the text
Lewis psychologizing Edmund
Eldest son, first born, inherits the throne
Edmund’s anxiety borne of social structure of Narnia
Very conservative model of hierarchy
NOT middleclass, but ARISTOCRATIC, that status given by accident of
Edmund in King Lear also younger son that wanted to be King
Failing not only on moral level, but social level as well
Not innately bad, there’s a social explanation
o Became mean and nasty when he went to that horrid school (as Lucy calls it), becomes
bully once there
Shows Lewis’s skepticism of institutions
Professor also skeptical of schools, wonders what they teach the kids, and doubts
that they teach proper logic
Always asks: “How do we know?”
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