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Why did C.S. Lewis use Turkish Delight as temptation for Edmund?

It's helpful to consider in context of the time. Rationings were in effect in WWII England, and Turkish Delights were a particular delicacy that was popular at the time and hard to come by. Also ...
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In-universe, is Aslan actually Jesus?

Yes. There are a few quotes by C.S. Lewis relating to Aslan and Jesus. In a letter to a young girl named Sophia, Lewis writes, "I don't say. 'Let us represent Christ as Aslan.' I say, 'Supposing ...
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Why was Susan treated so unkindly?

According to a letter to a young fan, Lewis made the decision to keep her out of Heaven because he felt the alternative would be too complicated a story for him to write. He then asked the girl to ...
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Why was Susan treated so unkindly?

What (either in or out of universe) was the motive for giving Susan such a hard lot without even explaining what led to it? Lewis wanted to show that one could fall from grace. It had to be a ...
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Why does the White Witch need all four Pevensies?

We're only seeing part of the story. There's a lot going on under the surface of the story that we know which never gets directly discussed - things like exactly who Aslan is, or the Emperor from ...
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Was C.S.Lewis, through Aslan, referring to nuclear destruction?

Yes, but not exclusively There's a similar question over on Literature.SE asking "Was C. S. Lewis condemning nuclear weapons in The Magician's Nephew?" that likely has the answer you're looking for. ...
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How did Jadis, The White Witch, obtain the right to kill a traitor in Narnia?

I too wondered about this as a child, and I ended up researching it. The basic conclusion I came to is that this was a major retcon, and like the other elements of The Lion, the Witch, and the ...
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Why did C.S. Lewis use Turkish references including "Aslan"?

As far as the name "Aslan" is concerned, Lewis explained this directly in response to a letter asking this very question: Dear Miss Jenkins, It is a pleasure to answer your question. I found ...
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What does Aslan mean about being a bridge builder in our world?

To add on to what NKCampbell said, consider this from CS Lewis' Mere Christianity (emphasis mine) An ordinary simple Christian kneels down to say his prayers. He is trying to get into touch with ...
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Are the "wood between worlds" and Aslan's Country related in some way?

Each world (Narnia, Charn, our own world, and so on) has an associated "realm beyond", where people go when they die. Narnia's version is called Aslan's country, the version associated to our own ...
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Why does the White Witch need all four Pevensies?

If you're going to do a job, might as well do it properly. Yes, killing Edmund would prevent all four from becoming kings and queens as prophesied. But the remaining three would still be able to be ...
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What does Aslan mean about being a bridge builder in our world?

In context, I believe the river is death. As you correctly note, Aslan is Jesus, not an allegory for Jesus or another member of the Godhead, he's just Jesus. And unfortunately for humanity, there is ...
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Is the repetition of "faster than you can say Jack Robinson" deliberate in C.S. Lewis' books?

"Faster than you can say Jack Robinson" (meaning very quickly) is a common English expression, from well before C. S. Lewis's time to the present day. The online Oxford English Dictionary (...
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Is Narnia high or low fantasy?

As pointed out in the comments to this question, there can't be a definitive answer because genres are a fluid thing. I wasn't aware that some commentators regard the idea of a link between the real ...
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What is meant by "Polly went down and had her bath; at least she said that was what she'd been doing..." in The Magician's Nephew?

She is "taking a bath" without actually getting into water except for maybe thigh deep. That means taking water by hand and washing the crucial parts (bottom, front, armpits, legs), while ...
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What's C. S. Lewis's obsession with clean, dry swords?

I doubt there's any particular significance to three mentions of cleaning swords across several hundred pages. There's a number of other passages that talk about how to care for weapons and armor, ...
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Why was Susan treated so unkindly?

There isn't a great deal of in-text evidence - other than Susan having grown too worldly and her fascination with lipstick, nylons and invitations having replaced her faith in Narnia. The explanation,...
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How did Jadis, The White Witch, obtain the right to kill a traitor in Narnia?

You speak of a "contract" Now in the Magician's Nephew, we learned that Jadis did come into Narnia only to the dawn of Time, but there was no "contract" drawn between Jadis and Aslan, or ...
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Is there a full map of Narnia?

Yes. I don't know what editions you have where each of the seven books includes a different map, but in the beautiful editions I first read as a child, the following map was printed inside the front ...
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What is meant by "Polly went down and had her bath; at least she said that was what she'd been doing..." in The Magician's Nephew?

This clause is critical: "we know she was not much of a swimmer and perhaps it is best not to ask too many questions." Lewis was writing for children, and children have fears about not being ...
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Why did C.S. Lewis use Turkish Delight as temptation for Edmund?

It should be remembered that until Edmund asked for Turkish delight, Jadis had very likely never heard of it at all, and so the enchantments she used to create it were running on his ideas about it. ...
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In-universe, is Aslan actually Jesus?

Appears to be "Yes" I haven't found a primary source for this, but numerous secondary sources claim that Lewis once wrote: '[Aslan] is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question, "...
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What are all these items from the Narnia books?

Left Hand Side: Jewel the Unicorn - The Last Battle Yellow and Green Rings - The Magician's Nephew Trufflehunter the Badger - Prince Caspian The Magician's Book - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Cair ...
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How did Lucy/Edmund travel multiple times to Narnia (in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)?

It's important to note that in each incident, there was at least one person involved who did not expect to travel to Narnia: Lucy hides in the wardrobe and is unexpectedly transported to Narnia Lucy ...
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What is meant by "Polly went down and had her bath; at least she said that was what she'd been doing..." in The Magician's Nephew?

There's a bit of hidden nuance here. The original must be "had her bathe" because British English uses bathe as a noun meaning "a swim" or "a dip" (a meaning unknown in ...
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How did Susan forget about Narnia?

It wasn't that she 'forgot', per se. She remembered about Narnia, she just didn't believe that it was real anymore. There are two theories. First, Susan was always the one with the least faith in ...
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What became of the rings buried in The Magician's Nephew?

In The Last Battle, King Tirian appears in a vision to the Seven Friends of Narnia, which leads to them trying to get back to Narnia by using the rings. From the chapter How Help Came to the King ...
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Do the Calormenes worship any gods other than Tash?

The Calormenes regularly refer to "the gods" collectively, but Tash ("the irresistible, the inexorable") seems to be supreme. It suggests that "the gods" are comparable ...
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Where did Mr Tumnus get the packages from?

1) The White Witch only had control of Narnia, not Archenland or Calormen. Goods may have been imported/smuggled in from those countries. These probably are also the Narnians' main food suppliers ...
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Do non-speaking animals in Narnia have souls?

It seems as though non-talking animals have no souls or afterlife. From The Last Battle, Chapter 14, "Night Falls on Narnia" (emphasis mine): The creatures came rushing on, their eyes brighter and ...
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