Tag: C.S. Lewis

Hansel and Gretel, a Grimm fairy tale

Is Fantasy Subversive?

Fantasy is a way to introduce a type of creative questioning, a way to shake up, or sneak by, conventional perception. C.S. Lewis noted that “the Fairy Tale seemed the ideal Form for the stuff I had to say.” By writing fantasy stories, he suspected that he “could steal past certain inhibitions . . .”

Image from Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland – Sane Child, Demented Adults

Why is Alice in Wonderland so popular? There are several good reasons. First, the main character, Alice, is an ordinary girl who falls down a rabbit hole, or passes through a mirror, into peculiar places filled with odd characters. Alice represents “Everyman” (Everykid?), the sane child amongst crazy adults. It is Alice’s ordinary nature that causes us to identify with her.

Never Laugh at Live Dragons!

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. — G. K. Chesterton…