2 – Jill Is Given a Task

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Re: 2 – Jill Is Given a Task

Postby Eustace » Aug 21, 2017 2:35 pm

2. The Lion’s voice “did not make [Jill] any less frightened than she had been before, but it made her frightened in rather a different way.” What types of fear is Lewis distinguishing between?

I thought Lewis might be referring to the awestruck feeling you can get when you are very surprised about something. This type of fear is a synonym for horrified and frightened. It is very different to hear about animals talking and to see a huge lion talk in real life.


4. Why doesn't the lion promise not to eat Jill?

Aslan wanted to let her know that He was not a tame lion. He might not be safe but He is good. He wanted her to teach her a lesson in trusting Him without Him having to say it.

5. The Lion says he has “swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms.” Do you think he means this literally?

I never took it really literally, but I could it could be both literally and figuratively. Literally, Aslan as being who He was could have swallowed up people, cities, and realms, and if things were really that bad like in Charn, I don’t see why He wouldn’t have. But, there is also the possibility that Aslan was just talking about figuratively.


7. Why does the Lion want Jill to admit she was showing off?

It may have to do with Jill understanding that she has a problem in that area of her life. After all, they say you can’t fix a problem unless you know you have it. But, also I think it had to do with Jill realizing why she had done it in the first place. Jill may not have been thinking about the real reason why she was doing that and instead making excuses in her mind. I think she needed to admit it out loud to see how dumb that really was.


8. Lewis writes: “It was very alarming walking back to the edge of the cliff, especially as the Lion did not walk with her but behind her—making no noise on his soft paws.” What makes this so alarming?
Jill did not trust the Lion because she did not really know Him yet.
I think Jill was still afraid of Aslan as she should be, she was afraid she might die. The feeling though that she was feeling is similar to the feeling people get when they know someone is following them but they can’t hear them or when they turn around they can’t see them
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Re: 2 – Jill Is Given a Task

Postby narnia fan 7 » Mar 15, 2018 7:42 am

Why doesn't the lion promise not to eat Jill?

Even if he had promised not to eat her Jill still might have still been uneasy. I think it was better in the long run for Aslan to show Jill he was trustworthy rather than telling her.

Lewis writes: “It was very alarming walking back to the edge of the cliff, especially as the Lion did not walk with her but behind her—making no noise on his soft paws.” What makes this so alarming?

Even though Jill knows Asian isn't going to hurt her he's still an intimidating figure, and I think it's always unnerving knowing something is behind you but not being able to hear it.
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Re: 2 – Jill Is Given a Task

Postby Valiant_Nymph » May 05, 2018 8:19 pm

1. When the Lion first sees Jill, he turns away “as if it knew her quite well and didn’t think much of her.” Why does the Lion seem to have a low opinion of Jill?
I don't think the Lion has a low opinion of her, but I see it more as Jill reading the situation that way. The Lion (or Aslan), shows that Jill is not the centre of the universe -- and Jill is affronted by that.


2. The Lion’s voice “did not make [Jill] any less frightened than she had been before, but it made her frightened in rather a different way.” What types of fear is Lewis distinguishing between?

I really love this whole scene. Lewis doesn't clarify exactly what the difference is, but I always imagined it was a fear that was tinged with excitement, and wanting to know who Aslan was.

3. Jill stares at the stream for “what seemed like hours.” Why does the Lion wait so long before speaking?
It probably isn't actually hours; Jill feels this way because she is so thirsty. But I think Aslan wants to give Jill the opportunity to be bold and drink before he steps in. It is giving her at least a chance to show courage, and therefore develop as a character, before providing assistance.

4. Why doesn't the lion promise not to eat Jill?

I suppose he is admitting who is: someone who has actually eaten people, someone who is not tame. And he wants to push Jill to trust him. She is going to have to do that on her journey -- risk destroying herself by setting Rilian free, for example. This scene foreshadows how her character eventually develops
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Re: 2 – Jill Is Given a Task

Postby JillPoleFriend » May 10, 2018 10:12 am

Why do you think Aslan is so harsh with Jill? This always bothered me a bit when I first read the book. I mean, if she is already insecure, shouldn't he be a bit more gentle? I like Aslan! I was just confused by this part.
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