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Rhetoric refers to the study of the ways speakers and writers utilizes words in influencing the audience. Therefore, a rhetorical analysis refers to the essay where a non-fiction work is broken down into parts and it is used in the creation of a specific effect. A rhetorical analysis must assess the goals of the rhetorician, the tools used and the effectiveness of those tools. In writing a rhetorical analysis, one does not argue on the tools used but instead discusses the ways the rhetorician makes an argument and whether he or she uses a successful approach. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fiction novel for children which was written by C.S. Lewis and was published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950. It is regarded as one of the renowned and first published novels of The Chronicles of Narnia and it is held in libraries. Most parts of the novel are set in Narnia, which is believed to be a land with talking animals and mythical creatures ruling into the deep winter. This paper seeks to compare the novel and movie adaptation of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


Four children, Susan, Peter, Lucy and Edmund go into the country to live in the mysterious large house of an old professor in the times of the London air raids. In one rainy day, the children take the chance of exploring the house, viewing the old passageways and spare bedrooms. Lucy, the youngest of them all, pauses to look into the large wardrobe which was sitting in an empty room. She crawls past the longest fur coats and she suddenly finds herself in the middle of a forest. It is at night, there is snow falling, but in London it is summer. Lucy walks in the direction of the iron lamp-post and she is met by a surprise faun. The faun after confirming that Lucy is a human girl, gives her an invitation for snacks, tea, music and stories in the little cozy cave. Lucy confides in the faun, follows him for many hours. Not only is the Chronicles of Narnia consider the most famous works of literature of C.S. Lewis but it also a favorite book of many in all times.

Differences in the Adaptation

The story is interesting, with unforgettable and charming characters, and it provides the description of the places and characters which are pretty. When it comes to the movies, there are some doubts which I begin to have as an audience. This is especially when it comes to the adaptation of the Walt Disney Studios. One might love the book and fail to love the movie.

In the adaptation of the movie, there is a too much long adaptation. In the book especially in the beginning of the story, we were briefly introduced to the characters, their origin and how they came to be where they were. This is a passage which could be read in approximately two minutes and heading directly to the point where the story started. However, in the movie, the time taken is about 10-15 minutes of introduction. The time for the introduction could be cut short into two minutes, to provide more time for addition of stuff into the movie.

The characters in the movie are not the same to that of the book. An example is when in the three movies and the book series, Aslan is portrayed as a noble and powerful creation of Narnia. In the movies, Aslan is portrayed as king, protective, loving and even noble which is part of his character. In the book series, he is portrayed as a father figure to every character, talking to animals, playful and even having a sense of humor. For instance in the book, the Prince of Caspian, Aslan is shown as humorous when he attempts to make the Trufflehunter have belief in him through the picking of the dwarf with his mouth and giving a big shake. In the Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe, Aslan is portrayed as playful. This is seen immediately he comes back from the dead and begins playing with Lucy and Susan for them to try catching him.

The adaptations involve the addition of usefulness scenes and removing the important ones. From the movie of the Chronicles of Narnia, I fail to agree with one point. This is one of the most critical challenge which is presented in the movies. The removal of important scenes and addition of useless scenes which were not present in any place in the books. The first instance is in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when Aslan rises from the dead and starts playing with the girls, telling Lucy and Susan to climb on his back as he headed for the castle of the witch. The moves has the same type of scene apart from exempting important detail. The movie adaptation forgot showing the ways in which Aslan and the girls got inside. In the book, we are informed that the three of them were got after the jumping over the wall. However, in the movie, Disney removed this scene. There is not cohesive scenes.

The second example is Prince Caspian. Disney adds a scene which is not present anywhere in the book. The third example is evident in the Magician’s house where Lucy tries finding the magic book for changing the Dufflepuds back to visibility. Lucy finds it and looks at the spells, finding one which makes her beautiful. She removes the page and uses it later, before she hears a roar and rebuking by Aslan. In the book, there is no use of a beauty spell. Instead, Lucy uses a spell which would allow her in listening to what the friends are saying concerning her. Also, Aslan does not talk to her and is not visible. When Lucy identifies and recites the visibility spell, Aslan informs her that the spell she did was eavesdropping and that it was bad to do.


From this analysis, I do not consider the movie as bad but generally flawed. The key ideas, regardless of the differences in expression of morality, is that viewers and readers are given important life defining insights. That one has to be alert, aggressive, fully justified and excited. The movie and the novel has helped views and readers in exceeding the limitations of themselves in becoming the best people who they can be. The moral values of courage and integrity are more than principles. They are actions as characters both sacrifice and forgive themselves. This paper has expressed the differences in the genres in terms of expression of morality.