(The way Ithilwen said, Aslan strikes me as the best fictional representation of Christ. His character is deep and his wisdom unfathomable. He is the pillar upon which all the stories rest. Without Aslan, the stories themselves are pretty helpless. Aslan is the rock upon which the stories lie.)
Such a hard question. These are the ones that I've decided on now, but I could easily change this list because I love all the characters in a different way. .... There are far too many to write, so I'm just going to write three which come to mind now.
The first time I read HHB, I think I was completely engrossed with the story from the start because Shasta was such a fascinating character. I think this is also because he is the one out of the entire series that I relate to the most. C.S. Lewis constantly vocalizes how Shasta feels about something or what he reasons. A lot of the book is focused on Shasta's intuitiveness and what he thinks to himself. (and C.S. Lewis, I feel, did this for all the characters, but I think because I can relate to Shasta best, Shasta's character struck me as definitely unique.) I can relate to his fear, his turned-offness at Aravis, how he acted at the tombs, and his encounter with Aslan. The passage where Aslan is with him is, for me, the most beautiful passage in the entire chronicles. It is the one that speaks most deeply to me, because it reminds me of things God has taught me in my own life when my response was precisely that of Shasta's.
The interesting think about Shasta is that we get the idea that he has grown up very lonely in his life - he hardly left the cottage that Arsheesh and him resided in, and we're not told he had any close friends or acquaintances, so he seems rather lonely and searching. And I find it very powerful that Aslan tells Shasta that he was not alone in his life, and Aslan was the one coordinating events in his life and leading, guiding, and protecting him.
(Arsheesh himself is an interesting character. I've always been interested in how Aslan kept specifically Arsheesh up and led him to be by the beach so that he would find Shasta.)
After that novel...
2. Jill Pole
She did not grow up like the Pevensies or like any of the characters (except maybe Eustace.) We know nothing of her parents, but judging by some things, we can tell that she has basically been thrown in the Experiment House. Despite this, she is fiercely loyal, extremely brave, and very adventurous. I find her first encounter with Aslan really beautiful. It's really something how Aslan responds to each unique character. He is unchanging and acts the same, but his way of dealing with the characters is different - such as how he deals with Lucy is different than how he deals with Jill. I love the passage where she meets Aslan for the first time. After the one in HHB, this encounter with Aslan is my favourite... though Eustace's Undragoning ties.
3. Lucy Pevensie
Lucy is also one of my favourites. She is sweet, very considerate, compassionate, thoughtful, and very sensitive to those around her. Aslan's titles for her - "Lucy the Valiant" and "Lioness" are especially apt. Lucy, despite her struggles, seems like the kind of friend who would always encourage you. I love the way she bonds with Aravis in HHB. Lucy's character shines so beautifully throughout all the books - she was the first to find Narnia; her first encounter with Narnia was just like ours. Her faith in Aslan is inspiring. I really enjoy the passages by her and Aslan - they interacted so closely, and she was so able to let down all her guards and be completely herself before Aslan. (as we see her talking to Aslan in Prince Caspian.)
... I have quite a bit to say about my favourites so I'll hit post for now.
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Well. It's Aslan. Is there much more to be said, that isn't already said within that Name? To quote Lewis, "the things [we love] Aslan for doing or saying are simply the things Jesus really did and said." Aslan is the cornerstone that Narnia was built upon, and without him, there would be nothing magical about the land in the slightest.
I already covered this in the "Favourite Narnian Male" thread, so here I shall be brief: Edmund's character arc, instigated by Aslan's sacrifice and then shepherded by his continual example, is a wonderful and encouraging thing to behold.
Ah, that wonderful optimist wrapped up so cleverly as a pessimist. Where would Jill and Digory be without him? Certainly not well off, and probably frozen or something. Oft times a character such as Puddleglum is used in literature only so he can "grow out of it", but instead Lewis chose to have Puddleglum help the quest not in spite of his personality, but because of it.
Sweet, humble, practical Hwin is a lovely parallel to Bree's hilariously bossy and vain nature. Hwin is the sort of person that one could easily become the best of friends with, and I admire her quiet courage.
Dear Lucy, whose childlike faith never fails. The Valiant Queen is a wonderful example of Matthew 18:3, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" (NKJV).
In many ways, Reepicheep's quest is the heart of VDT. The quest for the seven lords is always secondary to the search for Aslan's country, and Reep grows so much through the course of the book. From his initial appearance as a chivalrous, if proud, mouse in PC to his casting away his sword in VDT, you can't help but love Reepicheep. Even though only Lucy is allowed to hug him.
Ah, Jill. In some ways, she and I are very much alike--getting into trouble because we wanted to show off, failing to listen to instructions because we get distracted by the Here and Now. Jill's faith is progressive, working slowly over the course of SC, but by the time LB comes around, there's no mistaking which side she's on.
Ah, Digory. In his stubborn quest to make his mother better, he also managed to worm his way into my heart. I must confess, though, I like him even better as the funny old Professor, who teaches little children Logic! XD
Perhaps this is a bit of an odd pick, but Puzzle has always been my favourite from LB. A bit slow mentally, Puzzle went along with the deception for awhile, but finally could take it no longer and, instead of pretending to be aslan, decided to kneel before the paws of the real Aslan.
Well, you knew this one had to come sometime. Yes, I am a big fan of Badgers for their stalwart loyalty to Aslan and his followers, shown in both PC and LB.
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2. Puddleglum - His famous speech toward the end of SC and Tom Baker's portrayal of him in BBC's production of that book have endeared me to this stalwart Marshwiggle.
3. Reepicheep - I once had a professor who told people to drop his class if they did not love Reepicheep. I kept the class.
4. Eustace - His time as a dragon and his relationship with Reepicheep make him one of my favorite characters. He makes the first half of Voyage almost unbearable for some people, but I think that makes him better because of what we see later in him. Not to mention he gets such a great introduction in VDT.
5. Jill - She's the best of the female protagonists in the series, hands down.
6. Edmund - He's Eustace's predecessor and post-LWW I love every second of him. He becomes such a good king and friend that it's hard to think of him as the boy craving Turkish Delight.
7. Digory - Probably the most sympathetic male protagonist, and not without his faults. His scenes with Aslan rival Shasta's for my favorite.
8. Jewel - Another example of the loyal friend. Plus, he is the wild and dangerous yet pure animal that the unicorn of legend truly was.
9. Doctor Cornelius - My favorite side/minor/incidental character, probably because he's called Doctor and he's a wise old man figure.
10. Glimfeather - I have a weakness for owls. What can I say?
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2. Aravis--Aravis showed a remarkable strength of character, being willing to abandon everything she'd ever known to avoid a marriage to a man she absolutely did not want to wed.
3. Rilian--The story of Rilian is one that fascinates me--enough so that I have wished, more than once, that The Silver Chair had been written for adults, and not children, because I feel like there's so much more Lewis could have done with this strange and eerie tale had it not needed to be child-friendly. His relationship with The Lady of the Green Kirtle (and the implications of what their relationship entailed) is both compelling and repulsive.
4. Reepicheep--Do I even need to say it? By now, we all know that Reepicheep is awesome. He is the epitome of a chivalrous knight, with all the courage and occasional foolhardiness that goes with it.
5. Edmund--After Susan, Edmund is the Pevensie sibling that seems the most human to me. Peter and Lucy are most of the time entirely too bland, but Edmund retains a depth of character even after his redemptive arc has played out. As King Edmund the Just, he is incredibly shrewd, quick-thinking, and, yes, forgiving, which proves that the lesson he was taught in LWW got across better than such a lesson usually does.
6. Lasaraleen--Like Susan, I think there was a bit more going on with this girl than what we were presented. I can't help but think that Lasaraleen was smarter than she was letting on; she did show some brains at times, and the reason I think she was shown as a ditzy girl was because we were presented her through the lens of Aravis, who has little patience for the things Lasaraleen is interested in and is pretty anxious to get out of Tashbaan. And she was such a great friend; she risked her own neck to get Aravis out of Tashbaan, and even at the last, when Aravis was still being pretty rude to her, she was nothing but affectionate.
7. The Lady of the Green Kirtle--Where the White Witch took the "distantly imperious" route to witchdom, LotGK went the way of appearing sweet, kindly and cheerful to the outside world. There was so much mystery surrounding her character, and as I noted in my entry on Rilian, her relationship with Rilian is both incredibly creepy and incredibly intriguing.
8. Eustace--Even after he becomes a protagonist as opposed to an antagonist, Eustace Scrubb is still a brat. And that's what I like about him. Eustace just seems to prove that in order to take an alignment change from antagonist to protagonist, a character does not have to lose all character depth and become blandly "good."
9. Lune--There is something about characters of Lune's type that just gets to me--the parent who has been separated from his child. And he was really so kind and rational in a world where bad tempers so often prevail.
10. Puzzle--He's just so sweet.
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3-Edmund- It is amazing how much he changes.
That is my list.
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Aslan, Lucy, Peter, Edmund, Jill, Digory, Polly, Tirian, Tumnus, and the Beavers.
I know Aslan is my best favorite followed by Lucy for obvious reasons but beyond that I can't rank them.
I really like Jill's spunk and personality - I could see me being good friends with both her and Lucy had we grown up around the same time.
Peter seems like the older brother every girl dreams of having.
Edmund (after he changes) just seems like he'd be such an interesting person to know. I love the fact that he's quiet and thoughtful but still always ready for an adventure.
Digory and Polly both seemed like such neat kids - not perfect (I think they actually are the biggest "troublemakers" outside of pre-change Edmund and Eustace!) but again I could see myself growing up alongside them and us being really good friends.
And the Beavers and Tumnus are just too sweet and endearing.
I find Tirian more interesting in some ways than Caspian - I'm not sure why. And I love his spirit against adversity. If I was in the situation of LB, I would feel safer with him.
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2. Reepicheep: Such a wise a strong little fellow. I would always pick him on my side if I was going into battle no matter what his size was. He was also very funny.
3. Lucy Pevensie: Such the great adventurer and has such a great spirit to her. She is by farthe most loving of all the Pevensie family
4. Aslan: What can I say about Aslan. He just is what truth and what is right is all about. I suppose that is what C.S. Lewis was writing about with this character and the books. At least that is what I get out of it.
5. Edmund Pevensie: Another Pevensie who has a sense of adventure, but sometimes those adventures go awry and he gets himself in trouble. That has most likely happened to all of us. I know I can relate and that is one of the reasons I like Edmund so much.
6. Eustace Scrubb: The reason I like Eustace so much is because he changes so much from the beginning to the end of the movie.
7. The White Witch: I love her so much because she is pure evil and don't care who she brings down with her evilness.
8. Susan Pevensie: I liked Susan because she was the most leveled headed of them all, plus I'd loved to be able to shoot a bow an arrow like her.
9. Peter Pevensie: He was strong and brave and deeply cared for his family which is a very important thing to me.
10. Mr. & Mrs. Beaver: The Beavers.... what can I say. They were hilarious.
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