Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Blog 5 – Charles Wallace Murry and Lucy Pevensie

There are several parallels between Charles Wallace in A Wrinkle in Time and Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. First, they are both the youngest in families of four children. While they are young, they are wise beyond their years. In Charles Wallace’s encounter with Mrs. Whatsit and Lucy’s encounter with Mr. Tumnus, we see that these youngsters are really quite bright and that they are trustworthy and excellent judges of character. Charles Wallace befriends an old lady, Mrs. Whatsit, and when he is questioned by Meg he shows the reader his direct and honest nature. “‘You’re still uneasy about [Mrs. Whatsit], aren’t you?’ Charles asked. ‘Well, yes.’ ‘Don’t be silly. She’s all right. I promise you. She’s on our side.’ ‘How do you know?’ ‘Meg,’ he said impatiently. ‘I know’” (L’Engle 28). The sense of humor brought out in just the first two chapters of the book demonstrate that Charles Wallace is much more mature than the community seems to give him credit for, and more so than even Meg and Mrs. Murry realize. “ I really must learn to read, except I’m afraid it will make if awfully hard for me in school next year if I already know things. I think it will be better if people go on thinking I’m not very bright. They won’t hate me quite so much” (30). It is in his humor that he differs from Lucy the most, but nonetheless the two youngest in these novels make it easy to remember that young children often have the most profound things to say.

For Lucy, the honor and trust under which she operates guides her through her adventures with ease and certainty that the truth is right and must be followed. Lucy finds Mr. Tumnus to be a good friend in her new world of Narnia when she arrives alone. Despite the fact that he tried to seduce her to sleep only to give her up to the White Witch, Mr. Tumnus does no such thing. In fact, he suffers at the hand of the Witch instead of Lucy once he is found out to be the traitor on the Witch’s side of the struggle. Also, the fact that Lucy refuses to let Mr. Tumnus be the sacrificial lamb for her and corrals her siblings and the Beavers to help rescue Mr. Tumnus from perils she had only dreamt about at that point, lets the reader clearly know that Lucy is no ordinary child.


Blogger Dale Sullivan said...

I see what you mean, though I had not thought to compare Charles Wallace with Lucy. I see him, in the larger narrative line, as falling into a trap caused by pride, and that fall is similar to Edumund's condition or Eustace's when before they meet Aslan. Nevertheless, you make a strong case for parallels with Lucy.

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