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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • Date Submitted: 05/11/2011 06:45 PM
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In 1940 during World War II, when four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie, are evacuated from London to escape the war. They are sent to live with Professor Digory Kirke, who lives in the English countryside. While the four children are playing hide ago seek in the house, Lucy looks into a wardrobe and Narnia, in which she meets a faun named Tumnus who takes her to have tea in his home. Upon returning back, Lucy's brothers and sister do not believe her story about Narnia. One night her brother Edmund enters the wardrobe and meets the White Witch, who offers him Turkish delight. She encourages him to bring his siblings to her. Edmund meets Lucy in Narnia and returns back with her, but after returning he denies to Susan and Peter that there is anything in the wardrobe.
While hiding in the wardrobe all four of them enter Narnia together. They meet the Beavers, who invite them to dinner. The beavers recount a prophecy that the witch's power will fail when two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve fill the four thrones at Cair Paravel. The beavers tell of the true king of Narnia, a great lion called Aslan, who has been absent for many years but is now "on the move again". Edmund sneaks away to find the White Witch. Her castle is filled with stone statues; enemies whom she petrified. The beavers realize where Edmund has gone and abandon their home, leading the children to join Aslan. As they travel, they notice that the snow is melting, indicating that the White Witch's spell is breaking.
The Witch approaches to speak with Aslan, insisting that according to "deep magic from the dawn of time" she has the right to execute Edmund as a traitor. Aslan speaks with her privately and persuades her to renounce her claim on Edmund's life. That evening, Aslan secretly leaves the camp, but is followed by Lucy and Susan. Aslan had exchanged his own life for Edmund's. The Witch ties Aslan to the Stone Table and then kills him with a knife. The following morning Aslan...

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