The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Summary: Chapter 17

Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

This lesson summarizes the last chapter, as the adventures come to an end. Victory is won for Aslan and the children, and order is restored to Narnia. The children find their way back to the real world, with hope of returning to Narnia one day.

The End of the Adventures in the Wardrobe

Can you imagine what it would be like to be a King or Queen of your own land? In Chapter 17 of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the four children learn what it is like to grow up to be Kings and Queens of Narnia. After victory is won for Aslan and the children, Narnia is back in their hands. They spend years helping to restore goodness to Narnia. Then suddenly, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy find themselves back in the Professor's house, feeling almost as if their adventures in Narnia were all but a dream.

After the Battle

We begin Chapter 17 as the battle between Aslan's army and the White Witch's army ends. Edmund had brought his sword down on the Witch's wand, disabling her from turning any one else into stone. The other children and Aslan find Edmund wounded, and Lucy uses her cordial of healing fireflower juice to cure him. She continues around the battlefield healing the others.

When she returns, she finds Aslan knighting Edmund. Lucy wants to tell Edmund what Aslan did for him, but Susan disagrees, modeling the theme of forgiveness in its truest form.

They travel to Cair Paravel, and Aslan crowns Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy as Queens and Kings of Narnia. The children give honors to their friends, and they celebrate with a feast and dancing. At some point in the celebration, Aslan leaves. Mr. Beaver reminds them that he often comes and goes, ''He's wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.''

The new Kings and Queens govern Narnia for years. They remove any remaining members of the White Witch's army. The children grow to be 'King Peter the Magnificent,' 'Queen Susan the Gentle,' 'King Edmund the Just,' and 'Queen Lucy the Valiant.'

The Hunting of the White Stag

One day they decide to hunt the White Stag, who gives wishes if you catch him. They catch sight of the stag and follow him into a thicket in the Western Woods. The horses can't fit through so they continue on foot, only to find a 'tree of iron' with a light in the middle of the woods (the lamppost). They realize it looks familiar and, after a discussion about whether to continue on or turn back, they decide to follow further into the woods, to see where it takes them.

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