Narnia – A Fantasy World Hidden in a Wardrobe – Literature Essay
The relevance of the title shows a world of fantasy within the real world. A fantasy world that is hidden in a wardrobe and only the chosen youth could enter. They enter the fantasy world, “Narnia”, with a start of a new
adventure and along the way they learn morals and their own unique self. Narnia reveals a land of fantasy that teaches the youth what is right thing to do when you are in doubt of in difficulty.
The film shows many spiritual implications but basically in general it is a conflict between good and evil. Where in the good is represented by the good creatures living in Narnia and the youthful kids that entered the world while the evil is represented by the White Witch and her attendants. The good creatures and the youthful kids show the spiritual implications of hope and they promote freedom while the White Witch demonstrates power and greed and she promotes dictatorship. Once the young kids enter the world of Narnia they are barraged with so many trials yet they have the choice to do what is right or to go home and to do nothing at all. There is an old saying that “EVIL WILL PREVAIL IF THE GOOD DO NOTHING”. So they were having a conflict between their own conscience, to leave Narnia and let evil prevail or to stay and liberate the creatures from the clutches of White Witch. Hence, they stayed and they learned morals and justice and they got to seek out their own individuality during their struggle.
In the film there are so many characters with their own strengths and flaws nevertheless the character “Lion” is who I want to be. The Lion in the film portrays honesty, freedom, and justice. It’s rare to find those kinds of qualities in this world today. We are surrounded by money, power, greed and corruption and only hope can contradict this immoral plague. This is what Aslan does. He gives hope to the creatures of Narnia to fight Narnia to fight for freedom and he shows compassion and justice to to those who have been undone. Aslan’s amazing love for the Narnia people, even Edmund, a traitor, is demonstrated with painful clarity when Aslan sacrifices his own life to save Edmund. Logically, this sacrifice seems silly, as the Witch triumphantly points out. By losing his life, Aslan seems to be giving the Witch Narnia forever. Aslan is quiet and patient, and he endures torture until he is murdered. Aslan’s perspective and foresight contrasts the Witch’s myopia. Although the Witch can use magic to gain power, she does not have the vision or the character of Aslan. Aslan is confident that his power is greater than the Witch’s strength, but Aslan never shows bravado. Aslan is willing to die to save Narnia nevertheless through his wit he was resurrected and was able to help to save Narnia from the White Witch. This is why I want to be Aslan because he is like Jesus Christ. He is willing to give his life to save others and his act is selfless.
The difference between fantasy and reality is that fantasy shows a world of imagination that goes beyond man’s limitations and reality is the “real” world that we live in.
In the beginning of the film “Narnia”, it shows the sad truth about war. The children were sent to the countryside so they won’t be affected by the turmoil. This shows the realism in the film. It shows how World War II affected the lives of the youth. As the children were sent to the countryside, they were taken care by a professor and a caretaker in a lavish mansion. The purely fantasy here is when the children were entered the world of Narnia through the wardrobe and all the events that happened in there were pure fantasy.