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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Movie Guide

Youth Specialties
March 15th, 2005

 

Activity  #1

Wardrobe Stuff:  You will need several refrigerator boxes. (Check to be sure sharp staples are not sticking out.)  Divide your group into groups of four or five and tell them on a given signal they must stuff the entire group into the box (play this outside if possible to avoid injuries).  If you have a smaller group, play several rounds and see if they can beat their own time.

Activity #2

Easy Turkish Delight

You will need:

3 Envelopes of unflavored gelatin.

2 cups of sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1 cup water

I tbs. Lemon juice

1 tbs. Orange juice.

Powdered sugar.

Mix sugar, salt and gelatin in a cooking pot.

Add water

Bring to slow boil and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes

Remove from heat and stir in juice

Pour into 8 inch square pan.

Chill overnight.

Cut into squares and roll in powdered sugar.

Scripture:

Isaiah 9:1-7

Job 38: 4-19

Psalms 93 & 97

Matthew 3:1-12

Luke 4:16-30

The Questions:

* There is much discussion in the news about the Christian symbolism in this movie.  It’s pretty obvious that Aslan seems to represent Jesus.  Take a look at these Bible characters and decide what sort of animal should represent them in a fantasy movie;  Moses, David (both young and older), Joseph (the guy with the coat)  Mary (Mother of Jesus), Joseph (Mary’s husband). Mary (the Magdalene), Paul, Timothy, Peter, Judas.

* Peter asks Edmund. “Why can’t you do as you’re told?”   How does this trait both hinder and help Edmund?  

 

Can you name someone in our culture who is known for never doing what they’re told?  Do you know someone like this?  How is this both positive and negative?

* When Lucy enters Narnia the first time she is constantly look back to make sure the way out is still there.   

 

How does this fit in with Lucy’s character?  Are you more of a “looking back” or a “rushing forward” person?

* Is Peter ready for the responsibility that his mother gives him?  How does he change?  Can you point to a single event in your life and say “Yeah, I grew up a lot there”?

* Why do you think that when the children went back to check out Lucy’s story they could not get into Narnia?

* The professor has three options when the children discuss Lucy’s story.  What are they?

 

(She’s mad. She’s lying. She’s telling the truth)

Read Luke 4:16-30

* Jesus stood up and told the crowds who he was and he wasn’t believed.  Many of the things Jesus said must have made him sound mad to the world. Yet we have three options.   Why do some people refuse to believe until they actually experience it?  Why did Edmund not confirm Lucy’s story when he had a chance?  Why do some people refuse to believe even when the miracle is right in front of them?

* The children are told that Aslan has “been away”.  Have you ever felt like God has been away for awhile? Is it hard to look at the news or current events and not think that God’s on vacation?  Explain.

* Peter says “Who is Aslan?”  What would you say if a stranger came into your youth room some Sunday and said “Who is God?”  How would you explain God to someone who had absolutely no idea?

* Lucy’s friend the faun is chained in prison and believes that he has been imprisoned because he believes in a free Narnia. Have you ever protested something? Signed a petition?  How political are you?  What cause do you feel strongly about? Would you go to jail for it?

* The beaver is asked  “What is Aslan like?”  The Beaver says “He’s like everything we ever heard.”  What were you taught that God was like when you were little?  What are you told about God now?  Read Psalms 93 and 97.  Is it hard to imagine God being exactly like that?

* Read Isaiah 9:1-7 and Matthew 3:1-12

 

What do these prophecies tell us about Jesus?  How to they relate to Aslan?    If the people had been taught these prophesies  why do you think they had such a hard time believing them?

* Do you think your life is written down in some big heavenly book somewhere, that the beginning middle and end are all laid out?  Do you think you have a choice in the matter? Why or why not?

* Lucy or Susan could have left and gone back to the “real world” but that would have changed the outcome of the war.  What decisions have you made recently that greatly affected someone else’s life?

* Why do you think that Lewis chose to have Father Christmas give the gifts to the children?  How does it show that the White Witch’s power is beginning to fade? Does it mean any less that the gifts came from Father Christmas and not from Aslan?

* In the scene in which the children are caught on the ice-flow, there is a wolf who tells the children to give up. Susan tells Peter to listen to the wolf.  Why do you think she does this?   How to you know whom to trust?

What helps you make a decision?

* Aslan asks Lucy and Susan to keep him company as he walks to his death and then tells them to “wait here.”

 

Later he says the line “It is finished”.  What other scenes in the movie seem to mirror the life of Jesus?

* Aslan tells the White Witch “I was there when the law was written.”.  Read Job 38: 4-19 (and beyond).  What do these lines tell us about God?

* When Aslan decides to sacrifice himself for Edmund’s “sins,” it seems like a negotiation with evil.  Is it possible to negotiate with evil?  Have you ever tried to compromise with a “white witch”?  What was the last thing you “sacrificed” for someone else?  Was it a sacrifice or an inconvenience?

* Aslan says this must happen “for all our families”.  Animals of all species were united under Aslan–even some who would normally be enemies. How is this like the kingdom of God?  How are we doing and creating it “on earth as it is in heaven”?

* Aslan talks with Edmund privately. He does not roar or seem to get angry at the boy.  Then he says “No need to speak about the past.”   Do you think everyone forgave Edmund?  God tells us to forgive those who betray us, how well do you think we do?  How easy is it for you personally to forgive and forget?  How does God forgive us? 

* If you thought your actions would cause a war in which millions would die, how likely would you be to go through with them? 

* What is the difference between power and authority?  Which does The White Witch use? Aslan?  What about Peter?

* Tony Campolo (the noted speaker and author) said that people are more likely to listen to Mother Teresa than they are to the Pope?  Why do you think that is? 

* How does sacrifice bring about credibility?

* The children are given titles at the end of the film.

Queen Lucy the Valiant

Queen Susan the gentle.

King Edmund the Just

King Peter the Magnificent

 

* How are these titles appropriate to the characters?

* What title would you bestow upon your youth leader? (seriously)  Your senior pastor?  You?

* What makes us more likely to give authority to one person over another?

* Aslan does not seem to show any mercy whatsoever to the White Witch at the end of the film. (In fact, it appears he is dining on her head).  Do you think Jesus ever wanted to pay a visit to the Sanhedrin when he came back?  Would you?   

* At the end of the film it is said that Aslan is not a tame lion, but he is good.  Would you say this is accurate?  How can we apply this same description to God?  Can we?  Should we?

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