History Literature / TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe

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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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
** 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.
26th Jan '17 5:54:51 AM axle-k89
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* KickTheDog: After Edmund and Lucy return from Narnia, Lucy tells him to tell Peter and Susan about it, hoping he will back up her story. Instead, he decides to let her down and she runs off in tears. After she rushes out, Edmund goes on to insult her behind her back, saying, "There she goes again. What's the matter with her? That's the worst of young kids, they always--" before Peter tells him to shut up. The narration even says Edmund chose to do it because [[Jerkass it was the meanest and most spiteful thing he could think of to do]].

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* KickTheDog: After Edmund and Lucy return from Narnia, Lucy tells him to tell Peter and Susan about it, hoping he will back up her story. Instead, he decides to let her down and she runs off in tears. After she rushes out, Edmund goes on to insult her behind her back, saying, "There she goes again. What's the matter with her? That's the worst of young kids, they always--" before Peter tells him to shut up. The narration even says Edmund chose to do it because [[Jerkass it was the meanest and most spiteful thing he could think of to do]].do.
26th Jan '17 5:53:53 AM axle-k89
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* KickTheDog: After Edmund and Lucy return from Narnia, Lucy tells him to tell Peter and Susan about it, hoping he will back up her story. Instead, he decides to let her down and she runs off in tears. After she rushes out, Edmund goes on to insult her behind her back, saying, "There she goes again. What's the matter with her? That's the worst of young kids, they always--" before Peter tells him to shut up. The narration even says Edmund chose to do it because {{Jerkass it was the meanest and most spiteful thing he could think of to do}}.

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* KickTheDog: After Edmund and Lucy return from Narnia, Lucy tells him to tell Peter and Susan about it, hoping he will back up her story. Instead, he decides to let her down and she runs off in tears. After she rushes out, Edmund goes on to insult her behind her back, saying, "There she goes again. What's the matter with her? That's the worst of young kids, they always--" before Peter tells him to shut up. The narration even says Edmund chose to do it because {{Jerkass [[Jerkass it was the meanest and most spiteful thing he could think of to do}}.do]].
26th Jan '17 5:46:59 AM axle-k89
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* OhCrap:
** Lucy has one when she realizes she is the child that Tumnus intends to hand over to the White Witch. Fortunately, he decides he can't do it.
** Peter when Edmund tells him as they follow the robin that they don't have any idea of the way home from where they are.
** Peter, Susan, Lucy and the Beavers first when Lucy reveals Edmund has been in Narnia alone and didn't tell her what he'd done and who he'd met, meaning he had met the White Witch and effectively joined her side. Then they get another one when Mrs Beaver reveals the Witch will set out to catch them when Edmund reveals to her where they are.
** The White Witch at the end when Aslan appears and launches himself at her. Doubly so because she had killed him and didn't know he had been restored to life.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** Peter, Susan, Lucy and the Beavers do this after Edmund slips away, as the Beavers [[OhCrap realize they will be captured and likely killed if they stay at the dam]]. Sure enough, when the wolves sent by the Witch arrive there, they find the dam empty.
** After the White Witch is killed in the final battle, her remaining forces either surrender or do this.


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* ThickerThanWater: Peter says that even if Edmund did mean to betray them to the White Witch, he's still their brother and they have to save him.


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* WhamLine: In-universe. "I say, where's Edmund?" from Lucy during the dinner scene with the Beavers. It alerts everyone to the fact that Edmund is missing, and they soon realise [[OhCrap Edmund is on his way to betray them to the White Witch]].
26th Jan '17 5:37:31 AM axle-k89
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* BigBrotherInstinct: Peter is quick to defend Lucy when Edmund [[KickTheDog lets her down]] after the second visit to Narnia. He also rushes to Susan's defence when Maugrim attacks her, using his sword to kill Maugrim.



* BigWhat: The White Witch, when Edmund tells her that Aslan is in Narnia and due to be at the Stone Table.



* ChekhovsArmy: The statues in the Witch's castle courtyard. Edmund first comes across them when he arrives at the castle, and is scared by what he thinks at first is a lion about to pounce before realizing it's a statue. At the end, Aslan brings the statues back to life and they join in the final battle with the other creatures on Aslan's side, including Peter, Edmund and the Beavers.
* ChekhovsGift: Quite a few things given to Peter, Susan and Lucy by Father Christmas:
** Peter's sword, which he uses to kill Maugrim and to fight in the battle at the end.
** Susan's horn, which she uses to alert Peter when Maugrim attacks shortly after they meet Aslan at the Stone Table.
** Lucy's healing cordial, which is used at the end after the battle to heal the wounded, starting with Edmund.
* 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.
** The hill where the Stone Table is. It's where the characters have to go in order to meet up with Aslan. It's also where Aslan is killed in Edmund's place by the Witch, and restored to life because of the "deeper magic from before the dawn of time" that the Witch did not know about.



* DisproportionateRetribution: After spring arrives and ends the EndlessWinter, the dwarf says it's Aslan's doing. The Witch furiously warns that if either the dwarf or Edmund say the name again, she will instantly kill them.



* FearsomeFoot: Being a giant, Giant Rumblebuffin in the final battle uses not only his club to help defeat the White Witch's army, but his feet also crush dozens of them.



* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Before all four siblings head to Narnia, Peter and Edmund are looking at a suit of armor. Both Peter and Edmund end up being knighted by Aslan later in the story: Peter is knighted after saving Susan from Maugrim, and Edmund is knighted on the battlefield at the end.
** Edmund is falsely promised to be made King of Narnia by the White Witch. After he breaks her wand in the final battle and the Witch is killed by Aslan, Edmund is indeed made a king, but by Aslan, when he, Peter, Susan and Lucy are crowned Kings and Queens of Narnia.



* GentleGiant: The narration points out that seeing a giant beaming is a very rare thing, so Giant Rumblebuffin, being a good giant, is one of these.



** Edmund, for the second half, when he realizes that BeingEvilSucks and Aslan saves him.

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** Edmund, for in the second half, when he realizes that BeingEvilSucks and Aslan saves him.


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* ItIsDehumanizing: The White Witch refers to Edmund like this a few times.


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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.
* KickTheDog: After Edmund and Lucy return from Narnia, Lucy tells him to tell Peter and Susan about it, hoping he will back up her story. Instead, he decides to let her down and she runs off in tears. After she rushes out, Edmund goes on to insult her behind her back, saying, "There she goes again. What's the matter with her? That's the worst of young kids, they always--" before Peter tells him to shut up. The narration even says Edmund chose to do it because {{Jerkass it was the meanest and most spiteful thing he could think of to do}}.


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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Tumnus realizes he can't give up Lucy to the Witch and allows her to return home. When he stumbles into Narnia, Edmund unknowingly betrays him to the Witch, so that when all four of them make it to Narnia, they find he has been captured. It's later revealed he was turned into a statue before being restored to life by Aslan before the final battle.


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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Edmund in the final battle, as Peter tells Aslan after the battle is won. He singlehandedly kept the battle going by fighting his way towards the White Witch and instead of directly attacking her, he smashed her wand with his sword, destroying it and taking away her ability to turn people into stone, and giving Peter's side a fighting chance.
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