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The Shadow in Narnia (and Middle Earth, Lyra's Oxford, Panem, and elsewhere)

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Tim Weed What gives the Narnia its amazing power? In my view, it's the way Lewis harnessed the archetypal Shadow, beginning with the scene between Edmund and the White Witch and growing from there. The Shadow is also key to the success of The Lord of the Rings, The Golden Compass, Hunger Games, and many other great works of young adult fiction. Here's more:

What do you think?

Michael Burhans To quote Arlo Guthrie, "You can't have a light, without a dark to stick it in. . . ."

I think the interplay between light and dark is the source of some of the great stories, music, and other forms of art in our history as human beings.

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Tim Weed I heartily agree! If you're interested, here's another analysis I wrote, about Tolkien's use of contrasting scenes of darkness and light in Lord of the Rings:

Michael Burhans Both well written, and very accessible. Easier for most people to understand the Jung.

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Tim Weed Thanks Michael. Very much appreciate the feedback!

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Tim Weed Here's Part II of the Shadow in Fiction post in case anyone's interested:

Jennifer This makes me think of the Dark Thing in L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. It lends a new perspective. I had seen It mostly as a mechanism of communism, but perhaps I should read the book again and refresh my interpretation. :) Darn it. I'll have to enjoy doing that.

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R. Fox Light and darkness are also powerful devices in biblical literature like the book of Job and John's Gospel.

Anne Hamilton Actually I think that what gives Narnia its amazing power is not so much light or dark but something much more powerful still: name.

Most people have no real idea how powerful their own name is, particularly when it is evoked in writing. Lewis comes from the Welsh word for lion and Jack (Clive Staples' preferred name) is a traditional name in English folklore for a faun.

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