International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

The Fantastic in C.S. Lewis’ the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Mambwe Kilondola Dadi Christine

The fantastic as its name indicates, reflects a representation of man’s perception of reality (natural) and the supernatural. In fact, man is facing two opposed worlds. The paper here undergoes the perception of the human in the supernatural world which is different from the real world. Lewis tried to show the children’s adventure in the secondary world through a magic passage which is the wardrobe that brings them in the new land called Narnia where they were faced to strange creatures. In doing so, Lewis brings a kind of dilemma in human’s mind, this means a person is opposing to two different worlds (the real and the supernatural). The fantastic is a term that is misunderstood and sometimes confused. To dorov (1975:25), defines the fantastic as the hesitation experienced by a person who knows only the laws of nature confronting an apparently supernatural event. The fantastic is a literary term that can be used in myths, tales, and modern writings in which it represents two different kinds of life among characters, the natural and the supernatural. This paper pointed out the fantastic elements in Lewis’ novel where we find talking beasts, powerful Witch who transforms anything that disobeyed to her orders into stone; the Lion that is considered as the savior of the four children called Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve in Narnia, and also the savior of all the land because all that had been turned into stone recovered life, and the four children went back to the real world through the same magical passage the wardrobe.

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