Narnia's Allegory

The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S. Lewis at the end of the Fifties were fully ignored and so unknown to Italian public until the first appearance of the film inspired by the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and directed by Andrew Adamson. The current work has been designed to give more credit to Lewis' novel. The mild interest of Italian public for Lewis' chronicles converged on an analogous unconcern of Italian critics at Lewis as Christian or man of faith. In this way it was not possible to really appreciate his deep message and his novel's values. Only a revival of the fantasy genre promoted by film industry in the last decade could caused an high stirring interest of Lewis' work. Italian critics have discovered Narnia's chronicles as an interior and spiritual journey that gives everyman, adults or children, the opportunity to reflect that there's a spiritual dimension parallel to our everyday, human and material reality. As he wrote: "all those proofs" should be understand in a right way. The proofs were not an experiment that God made in my faith or my love to taste the quality. This, He already knew; it was me that don't know. It's rather a call, to justice where God makes us to be defendants and at the same time witnesses and judges. He always knew that my temple was a paper castle. The one and only way that I can also understand is to push it down. And if this happen, God will pushed it down again. And again, and again all those times that are necessary. Until that, all that times He will leave me alone, like a hopeless case, to construct a crepe paper palace in hell forever". Life is a spiritual pilgrimage from a castle to another and everyone of them falls down "again and again all those times that are necessary" until we'll understand that the true dwelling is only “heavenly”.

The first chapter concerns the topic of man and his spiritual journey with his "proofs" and his "paper's castles", following a narrative and chronological thread, through which we'll see the progresses and the regresses of a pilgrimage, starting from the author's childhood. The second portion of the first chapter deals with his thought, his philosophy of life, and, in particular, with his literature, linked to his conversion to Christ.

The second chapter consists of a brief presentation of his most famous novel: The Chronicles of Narnia. It will be illustrated in a sort of summary, which are the experimental contents that every book of this novel contains, analyzing the possible allegories or the deep meaning of the stories hidden behind myths and fantastic characters.

In the last and final section it has been proposed a study that links Lewis’ novel to  the town of Narni. A mysterious connection seems to be between the two cities: one in the fantasy world and one in Italy. At the very conclusion of this work there's a short description of one of the most representative monuments in Narni, Albornoz's Rock that thanks to his story, geography and tradition can better complete what we can comprehend of Lewis' greatest literary work.



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