Narnia Character Profiles
By Hannah Goodwyn
on the Chronicles of Narnia series by British author C. S. Lewis,
Disney and Walden Media are bringing the tale to life in the upcoming
release of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The story begins
with the four Pevensie children traveling to the country to escape
the London bombings during World War II. While exploring Professor
Kirke's old home, the children stumble onto a magic wardrobe that leads
them to a world filled with dwarfs, fauns, talking beasts, and other
creatures. The children also meet the cold, cruel ruler of Narnia,
the White Witch, and conquering king of the beasts, Aslan.
The oldest of the Pevenise children, Peter
acts as a
father-figure towards his brother and two sisters.
He is a serious character who often tries to instruct Edmund in
behaving properly. Peter's courage and leadership is tested when
he meets Aslan and fights against the White Witch's army.
As the second oldest, Susan takes on the role
of mother for her
younger brother and sister. Her wisdom helps reaffirm Peter's decision
to remain in Narnia and search for Mr. Tumnus. Susan is unlike
her brothers and sister, Lucy, in that she is cautious and more
likely to take the safer road than the more adventurous.
A complainer, Edmund constantly receives reprimands
from his older brother, Peter. The jealously he holds against
his siblings is fueled when the White Witch convinces him that
she will make him a prince. His selfishness and desire to avenge
his pride leads him to betray his brother and sister, a decision
that causes him and many others pain.
The youngest of the four Pevensie children, Lucy
is the first to open the wardrobe door and enter the magical
world of Narnia. During her visit, she befriends Mr. Tumnus,
a faun. Her loyalty is evident when she determines
to rescue him from the White Witch. Lucy's strong belief in
Aslan causes her to have a special bond with him.
Aslan, the Great Lion
Founder of Narnia, Aslan travels from kingdom
to kingdom, and comes when there is a great need. His presence in
Narnia interrupts the Witch Witch's power over the land. Aslan
is a big and terrifying beast that also can be gentle, as he is with
the four Pevensie children.
Jadis, the Witch Witch
The evil sorceress, the White Witch,
reigns as queen over the land of Narnia. Her magic spell makes it
so that the kingdom is covered in winter snow without the hope
of the inhabitants ever seeing Christmas. Edmund becomes her
slave when he gives into the temptation of eating her food and
drinking from her cup.
*Information was gathered from the Official
site of Disney's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and Narnia
Resources, a source for
Narnia news and materials.
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