The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Good vs. Evil Quotes
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"Because," he said to himself, "all these people who say nasty things about her are her enemies and probably half of it isn't true. She was jolly nice to me, anyway, much nicer than they are. I expect she is the rightful Queen really. Anyway, she'll be better than that awful Aslan!" At least, that was the excuse he made in his own mind for what he was doing. It wasn't a very good excuse, however, for deep down inside him he really knew that the White Witch was bad and cruel. (9.3)
Edmund may try to deceive himself, but, like Lucy and the others, he has an instinctive, fundamental knowledge of good and evil. The White Witch sets off all the alarms marked "evil" in his brain, but he tries to drown them out with foolish arguments and ridiculous reasoning.
All the things he had said to make himself believe that she was good and kind and that her side was really the right side sounded to him silly now. (11.10)
When Edmund is finally confronted with the fact that he has chosen the wrong side, he's not really surprised, but it's a painful recognition.
But as for Aslan himself, the Beavers and the children didn't know what to do or say when they saw him. People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time. If the children had ever thought so, they were cured of it now. For when they tried to look at Aslan's face they just caught a glimpse of the golden mane and the great, royal, solemn, overwhelming eyes; and then they found they couldn't look at him and went all trembly. (12.8)
One of the most interesting aspects of Aslan is that he's an embodiment of all that is good, but he is still fearsome. Like a blinding light, Aslan is dazzling to the children and to the inhabitants of Narnia. He's not a comfortable or tame sort of good.