History Literature / TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe

14th Sep '17 9:10:09 AM Nadim
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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Edmund was very easy on siding with the White Witch against his own siblings thinking she would make him king of Narnia rather than kill him and his siblings. It was very obvious from the start that the White Witch was evil from everything the Pevensies heard about her from the Beavers and how she imprisoned Tumnus just because he saved Lucy. He played the {{Idiot Ball}} even further by foolishly sneaking out to her castle and getting himself kidnapped and nearly killed. It wasn't until she betrayed him for coming alone and he was forced to witness her cruelty that he finally snapped out of this trope.
14th Sep '17 8:58:10 AM Nadim
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* YouCantFightFate: The Golden Age Prophecy states that four noble humans will one day discover Narnia and put an end to the White Witch's tyranny. Although the White Witch tried to kill the Pevensies to prevent the prophecy from coming true, they eventually succeed in defeating her and are crowned as kings/queens of Narnia exactly as the prophecy has told

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* YouCantFightFate: The Golden Age Prophecy states that four noble humans will one day discover Narnia and put an end to the White Witch's tyranny. Although the White Witch tried to kill the Pevensies to prevent the prophecy from coming true, they eventually succeed in defeating her and are crowned as kings/queens of Narnia exactly as the prophecy has told
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14th Sep '17 8:56:38 AM Nadim
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* YouCantFightFate: The Golden Age Prophecy states that four noble humans will one day discover Narnia and put an end to the White Witch's tyranny. Although the White Witch tried to kill the Pevensies to prevent the prophecy from coming true, they eventually succeed in defeating her and are crowned as kings/queens of Narnia exactly as the prophecy has told
31st May '17 10:34:26 AM Cleric_Quarion
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** Edmund's betrayal of the group (for Turkish Delight) is based on Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus (for 20 pieces of silver). Aslan chooses to peacefully give himself up to the White Witch after his betrayal, just as Jesus chooses to peacefully give himself up to the Romans.

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** Edmund's betrayal of the group (for Turkish Delight) is based on Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus (for 20 30 pieces of silver). Aslan chooses to peacefully give himself up to the White Witch after his betrayal, just as Jesus chooses to peacefully give himself up to the Romans.
19th May '17 8:51:37 AM axle-k89
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Thanks to a bit of GenreSavvy, Edmund points out to Peter as they follow the robin that they have no idea whether the robin is good or not, and that it could lead them into a trap. He also points out they (bar Lucy) have no way of knowing whether Tumnus really did save Lucy or not, and that they have no idea of the way home from where they are. Peter says he didn't think of that.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Thanks to a bit of GenreSavvy, Edmund points out to Peter as they follow the robin that they have no idea whether the robin is good or not, and that it could lead them into a trap. He also points out they (bar Lucy) have no way of knowing whether Tumnus really did save Lucy or not, and that they have no idea of the way home from where they are. He's right on all accounts, and when it comes to the last one, Peter says he [[OhCrap didn't think of that.that]].
11th Apr '17 11:51:24 AM ianw1
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* AsYouKnow: Done in an aside from the narrative, as Lewis notes several times that his readers all know better than to shut themselves into a wardrobe. This was probably done to avoid inspiring kids to lock themselves in by mistake. See also DontTryThisAtHome. Ironically, one of the outakes from the 2005 film shows the actor of Edmund shutting the door behind him as he climbs into the wardrobe...and demonstrating why Lewis was careful to emphasise the warning against doing that.

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* AsYouKnow: Done in an aside from the narrative, as Lewis notes several times that his readers all know better than to shut themselves into a wardrobe. This was probably done to avoid inspiring kids to lock themselves in by mistake. See also DontTryThisAtHome. Ironically, one of the outakes from the 2005 film shows the actor of Edmund shutting the door behind him as he climbs into the wardrobe...and demonstrating why Lewis was careful to emphasise emphasize the warning against doing that.


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* BatmanGambit: If the Witch had stuck with her original plan, she could have killed Edmund as a traitor and even Aslan would have had to abide by this justice. Then, the prophecy would have been delayed. Instead, [[spoiler: she kills Aslan in Edmund's stead, accepting his offer to take Edmund's place. Yet Aslan ReadTheFinePrint stating that the Deep Magic would correct an innocent being killed in a traitor's stead, undoing the action. He knew the White Witch would be unable to resist killing her greatest adversary, saving them both.]]
30th Mar '17 6:38:11 AM Martine34
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Lucy, when she first comes to Narnia, wonders why there's a street light in the middle of the forest... a forest she discovered inside of a wardrobe.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Lucy, when she first comes to Narnia, wonders why there's a street light in the middle of the forest... forestů a forest she discovered inside of a wardrobe.wardrobe.
** Although traveling through wormholes is NOT contrary to our understanding of physics. A streetlight put up in an area no human is likely to go is quite different, and a talking rodent is even further down the line of bizarre.
6th Feb '17 8:02:36 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: The Beavers tell the children that they can't go to the witch to rescue Tumnus or Edmund because if they do, she'll just turn them to stone then and there. If she only has Edmund, however, in her arrogance she would keep him alive as a hostage and bait for her siblings to show up. No one is happy about this, but they agree to try and make it to the Stone Table and Aslan. Later on Jadis realizes that the Pevensies and Beavers have made it to the Stone Table with the thaw and spring, and thus there's no point to keeping Edmund alive. Fortunately, Aslan's foes stage a rescue before she can stab Edmund as a traitor.

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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: The Beavers tell the children that they can't go to the witch to rescue Tumnus or Edmund because if they do, she'll just turn them to stone then and there. If she only has Edmund, however, in her arrogance she would keep him alive as a hostage and bait for her siblings to show up. No one is happy about this, but they agree to try and make it to the Stone Table and Aslan. Later on Jadis realizes that the Pevensies and Beavers have made it to the Stone Table with the thaw and spring, and thus there's no point to keeping Edmund alive. Fortunately, Aslan's foes allies stage a rescue before she can stab Edmund as a traitor.
4th Feb '17 8:08:08 AM Jayalaw
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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: The Beavers tell the children that they can't go to the witch to rescue Tumnus or Edmund because if they do, she'll just turn them to stone then and there. If she only has Edmund, however, in her arrogance she would keep him alive as a hostage and bait for her siblings to show up. No one is happy about this, but they agree to try and make it to the Stone Table and Aslan. Later on Jadis realizes that the Pevensies and Beavers have made it to the Stone Table with the thaw and spring, and thus there's no point to keeping Edmund alive. Fortunately, Aslan's foes stage a rescue before she can stab Edmund as a traitor.



* ChekhovsGun: The fur coats inside the wardrobe. Lucy finds them inside the wardrobe when she first climbs into it, and thinks the snow on the ground is mothballs. When all four siblings find themselves in Narnia, they put the coats on to keep warm, and at the end of the book, they find themselves back in the real world when they start walking through the coats inside of tree branches.

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** Lucy's handkerchief. She gives it to Tumnus as a parting gift after her first wardrobe trip. Later on, he passes it on to the Beavers on "getting wind of his arrest". They then show it to the Pevensies. This convinces Lucy that the Beavers will help her and her siblings.
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The fur coats inside the wardrobe. Lucy finds them inside the wardrobe when she first climbs into it, and thinks the snow on the ground is mothballs. When all four siblings find themselves in Narnia, they put the coats on to keep warm, and at the end of the book, they find themselves back in the real world when they start walking through the coats inside of tree branches.


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* HumansAreSpecial: Only four true humans can undo Jadis's curse, to the point that she considers them dangerous. The Beavers state that the White Witch wants to appear human, but she's descended from Lilith of the Jinn and the giantesses.


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* KarmicJackpot: The Beavers get this. They take in the siblings from the cold after finding them wandering around, feed them and educate them about Narnia. They also remain a ReasonableAuthorityFigure pair about the kids understandably wanting to save Tumnus from the witch and learning more about Aslan. Father Christmas when he comes mends the lodge and offers a new sewing machine for Mrs. Beaver for when they're gone, meaning they won't return to find their home ransacked from the wolves. Also, Aslan honors them as heroes for bringing the Pevensies to them.


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* PragmaticAdaptation: One junior stage adaptation cuts out the prose that reveals the White Witch is evil and Tumnus is good, while having the trips to Narnia happen within minutes rather than with long months in between. This makes it more mysterious to the audience unfamiliar with the book, about if Tumnus or the White Witch is telling the truth, up to Edmund betraying his family.


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* TooDumbToLive: Lucy to a minor extent. Tumnus tells her that if the White Witch finds her then she will be killed or turned to stone. Thus he escorts her back to the wardrobe entrance at the lamp post, so she can escape. But she tries to prove to her siblings that the adventure happened, except she can't because the wardrobe is back to normal. A few months later, she tries again just to make sure that it really happened. This leads to Edmund following her and meeting the White Witch, but Lucy could have easily met her as well. Then when her siblings finally find the place, she only tells them much later about the White Witch when they find Tumnus's place ransacked.
26th Jan '17 5:58:47 AM axle-k89
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* HeroicSacrifice: Aslan pulls one of these to save Edmund. The Witch says Edmund is a traitor and his blood is her property, so Aslan offers himself in Edmund's place. He knew, however, that due to deeper magic from before the dawn of time that the Witch is unaware of, he would be restored to life afterwards.


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** The Witch and her minions do this to Aslan before the Witch kills him by tying him up, shaving his mane off, and muzzling him.
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