Authors

Emma G. Schilling '21, Gettysburg College

Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2017

Department

First Year Seminar

Abstract

Critics of C.S. Lewis argue that his misogyny is present in his portrayal of female characters. While Lewis himself was self-contradictory in his attitudes towards women, his depictions of female characters in The Chronicles of Narnia are both realistic and progressive. Both the male and female characters throughout the series demonstrate individual strengths and weaknesses that are not dependent on their gender. The criticism against Lewis focuses on his treatment of Susan, especially regarding her being the only child not to return to Narnia at the end of the series. Unlike what the critics argue, however, Susan is not excluded simply for her sexuality.

Comments

Written for FYS 191-4: Through the War-drobe: The Words and Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.

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