The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Good vs. Evil Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
But Edmund secretly thought that it would not be as good fun for him as for her. He would have to admit that Lucy had been right, before all the others, and he felt sure the others would all be on the side of the Fauns and the animals; but he was already more than half on the side of the Witch. (4.52)
Although Edmund initially chooses the wrong side, he recognizes right away that there are clearly defined sides in the struggle for control of the world of Narnia.
"If it comes to that, which is the right side? How do we know that the fauns are in the right and the Queen (yes, I know we've been told she's a witch) is in the wrong? We don't really know anything about either." (6.60)
Edmund raises an interesting point here – he and his siblings are really just stumbling into the middle of a complicated political situation that they may not understand. Yet we as readers instinctively know that he is wrong. The Queen is obviously evil, and Mr. Tumnus is obviously good; that's how this book works!
"Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you." (8.26)
Mr. Beaver distinguishes between being fundamentally good and being gentle or "safe" to be around. Aslan is good, but he's also terrible, awesome, and powerful. In this book, good is not going to just lie down and turn the other cheek. Well, OK, it is, but it's going to be pretty awe-inspiring at the same time.