Preface by Elizabeth Baird Hardy
Chapter Seven. Fighting the Battle of Faith in The Last Battle 138
Chapter Seven Fighting the Battle of Faith in The Last Battle “The light is dawning, the lie broken.” (Ch. 7) he Last Battle (1956), the seventh of the Chronicles of Narnia to be published and winner of the Carnegie Medal, completes C.S. Lewis’s children’s stories. This final story, as the title suggests, depicts Narnia’s Armageddon. The story takes place during the reign of the last king of Narnia, Tirian, when apostasy and related treachery have overtaken the land. Tirian is joined by a few Narnian friends, in particular Jill Pole and Eustace Scrubb, and together they fight a seemingly losing battle against dark forces of the Apocalypse: Shift the Ape, the Antichrist character who uses the false Aslan, Puzzle the donkey, to deceive Narnians in a Calormene scheme to conquer their land.1 The informing metaphor of this novel is battle, but not so much physical battle as a battle of faith. Who will keep true faith in Aslan? Who will recognize and fight on the side of truth regardless of the cost? And what does victory mean? While drawing his sword, King Tirian announces his watchword to the Calormene soldiers. This bold challenge—“The light is dawning, the lie broken” (67)—is a prophetic commitment, the outcome of which he will gradually discover him- self. In this story Lewis subverts the “masculine” apostasy of the many with the “feminine” faithfulness of the few. And again, as in every Narnian age, the battle lines traverse every heart. Each individ- ual, whether...
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