Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy

J is for… Jadis

Final post of the day, for the wonderful Part Time Monster!

Part Time Monster

JJadis. Her Imperial Majesty Jadis, Queen of Narnia, Chatelaine of Cair Paravel, Empress of the Lone Islands. The White Witch. C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is a twentieth-century fairy tale that’s made its way into the popular subconscious, and despite the book’s brevity and the clear Christian allegory it contains, that fairy tale is remarkably twisty. The idea of Jadis, the villainness of the piece, taps into several very old concepts indeed.

In Lewis’s allegory, Jadis plays the role of the devil to Aslan’s Christ. A magical being who must play by universal rules, who began as the Emperor/God’s subordinate and then attempts to usurp him. Mr. Beaver calls her the “Emperor’s hangman” with the pride to think herself a queen. She has allies in all the creeping, crawling, nightmarish beasts of Narnia’s shadows, and carries out a plan to kill Aslan that was really the lion’s plan all…

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