The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Good vs. Evil Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"Summon all our people to meet me here as speedily as they can. Call out the giants and the werewolves and the spirits of those trees who are on our side. Call the Ghouls, and the Boggles, the Ogres and the Minotaurs. Call the Cruels, the Hags, the Spectres, and the people of the Toadstools. We will fight." (13.16)
As the head of the forces of Evil, the White Witch isn't playing a lone hand. There are many different types of creatures in Narnia that follow her, and she merely acts as their captain. Evil is not an isolated incident in this world – it's a major dimension of things and wields a great deal of power.
A few minutes later the Witch herself walked out on to the top of the hill and came straight across and stood before Aslan. The three children, who had not seen her before, felt shudders running down their backs at the sight of her face; and there were low growls among all the animals present. Though it was bright sunshine everyone felt suddenly cold. The only two people present who seemed to be quite at their ease were Aslan and the Witch herself. It was the oddest thing to see those two faces – the golden face and the dead-white face – so close together. Not that the Witch looked Aslan exactly in his eyes; Mrs. Beaver particularly noticed this. (13.36)
When the leaders of Good and Evil finally meet face to face, Evil is no match for Good. Aslan is clearly dominant over the Witch, so we have to wonder why he hasn't vanquished her long before.
"Oh, children," said the Lion, "I feel my strength coming back to me. Oh, children, catch me if you can!" He stood for a second, his eyes very bright, his limbs quivering, lashing himself with his tail. Then he made a leap high over their heads and landed on the other side of the Table. Laughing, though she didn't know why, Lucy scrambled over it to reach him. Aslan leaped again. A mad chase began. (15.40)
Part of Aslan's nature is playfulness. After he is revived by the Emperor's magic, Aslan romps with Susan and Lucy, and all three simply enjoy the feeling of being alive and playing together. There is something simple and beautifully good about their play.