The Stable

Justin D. Fike '07 English 65, Fantasy, Brown University, 2004

In The Last Battle, Lewis chronicles the end of the world of Narnia through the adventures of its last king, Tirian. Through trickery, the animals of Narnia are enslaved and made to work for the monkey Shift, who pretends to be the mouthpiece of Aslan himself. Though they fought bravely, king Tirian and his companions are thrown through the door of the stable as a sacrifice to the evil god Tash, who had been called into Narnia and now inhabited the stable itself. Tirian soon realizes that he is not inside a stable as he expected.

He looked round again and could hardly believe his eyes. There was the blue sky overhead, and grassy country spreading as far as he could see in every direction, and his new friends all around him laughing. "It seems, then," said Tirian, smiling himself, "that the stable seen from within and the stable seen from without are two different places." "Yes," said the Lord Digory. "Its inside is bigger than its outside."

Questions

1. The expression "its inside is bigger than its outside" is used several times in the latter part of The Last Battle, what is the significance of this?

2. How does Lewis manage to make such a bizarre concept understandable to us?

3. Is there a special reason Lewis chose a stable instead of some other kind of building?


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