This post is, interestingly enough, one of this blog’s most frequented posts since SWWF’s inception. I hope that’s not because Narnia students are stealing my work… Oh well, that’s between them and Aslan.
There will always be hope in my heart for Susan Pevensie that she will turn one day from trivial things to eternal things. I think that hope is why I chose Susan when I was given this assignment. “Once a king or queen in Narnia, always a king or queen.”
Once a Queen in Narnia
Sullivan was right: “Form follows function.” And it is for this reason C.S. Lewis chose to write children’s literature, for through the adventures of children, Lewis pits the child-likeness of God’s Kingdom against the childish grownups of modernity. Of the many children in C.S. Lewis’s fantastically magical series The Chronicles of Narnia, the most well known are the Pevensies, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. The four brothers and sisters have grand adventures in Narnia and become beloved kings and queens. Susan however, is not as active in the series as the other children because she is not as much of a child. Perhaps better than any adult in the chronicles, Susan represents the realm of Grownups. And it is her self-seeking desire to be grown-up that corrupts and misdirects her practicality, gentleness, and beauty.
Much like Mrs. Beaver, Susan is constantly concerned that everyone have adequate provisions. Without Susan, the four children would have frozen to death before seeing any adventures in Narnia (Lion 51). And again when they are suddenly called back to Cair Paravel to the aid of Prince Caspian, it is Susan who attends to their warmth and safety (Caspian 5-6). Susan is levelheaded and practical. But her street-wise never reaches the fullness of wisdom because of stifling motives in her heart. For Susan desires to show off her “grown-up” savvy and do what grown-ups would say is right, which stops her from following her heart and doing what actually is right (Lion 2).
Wisdom is also shortchanged by fear. Perhaps practicality is in part a mere cover-up; Susan wants to do the practical thing because… continue reading.