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Pouneh Saeedi

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  “Professor”: 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  Faults: 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 birth  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?” o Voice of skepticism and scientific reasoning projected onto Edmund here  Either a bad faith here, or a guilty manipulation of it  Knows deep down that the Witch is not a Queen  Recognizes something in her that allows him to not question her as he does everything else  Sort of casts himself from the happy group, so sees himself in the Witch  She’s the first person he encounters in Narnia o So element of pride in keeping on her side  Lucy and Mr. Tumnus the Fawn vs. Edmund and the White Witch  Tumnus offers her very British afternoon tea  White Witch offers the exotic Turkish Delight  Though Narnia’s a self-contained fantasy world (so it’s not just a world that reflects the children), the children are magnified in it  At the Beaver’s House, Edmund can’t appreciate the food served or the hearty, honest British food there  Not only his tastebuds ruined, but can only be satisfied by Turkish Delight (though not actually satisfied) o Kind of like crack, to be honest Lot of descriptions of this book as allegory:  Aslan’s sacrifice is Christ-like, his resurrection  The timing (winter, then gets tortured in spring),  Not an actual allegory because: o Allegory = everything stands for something else  Ex. Pilgrims’ Progress (the point is what his journey means, not the journey itself)  Equated to meanings o
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