“If things are real, they’re there all the time” says Peter. “Are they?” asks the Professor. What do you think? Do you agree with Peter or with the Professor? Give an example. Send me your answer by email by Tuesday midnight.
Answer the logic questions in the Study Guide page 23. Do not send this by email.
Some comments or questions raised about the presentations:
Why does the Christian church say magic is bad?
Digory is a protagonist, but doesn’t he also do some things which cause problems for himself and the other protagonists?
Why is Aslan “kind”? What does he value?
Why do Polly and Digory and Uncle Andrew change?
Because they recognize that there is a higher power than themselves.
For Digory, that is first his mother, then Aslan (Aslan and Aslan’s wish is more important than Digory’s mother; Digory accepts this).
For Polly, she also realizes that Aslan and what he represents is more important than her own desires or fears.
Uncle Andrew does not understand what Aslan is but he realizes that Aslan’s power is much greater than his own and that he cannot compete against it. He is devastated by the unforeseen consequences of his actions and his interest in magic. He gives it up and becomes a more humble person.
Queen Jadis understands what Aslan is, but she rejects him. She never changes. She chooses power rather than accept Aslan’s superiority, even though it means death not life.
The Golden Rule is “Do as you would be done by”: do to others as you would have them do to you. This is aChristian precept, but it is also found in many other cultures and religions. That is why it is called the “Golden” rule. It is a moral principle.
Aslan uses magic. So what is the difference between Aslan’s magic and the magic of Jadis and Uncle Andrew?
Values. C.S. Lewis understood that values are very important. Science without clear moral values can become a terrible evil.
Two important values expressed in C.S. Lewis’ books are
recognition of and love (respect) for life
recognition of and love (respect) for God, the Creator of all things.
Study Guide, Chapters 6-7, questions 1-5. We checked the answers to these questions.
Homework. For November 26th.
Read chapters 8 and 9.
Answer the study guide questions for chapters 8 and 9.
in Japanese, because I want to encourage students to read other books about C.S. Lewis.
presentations on June 18th. Presentations in Japanese, 2-4 minutes in length
you must give me the title of the book you read using the MLA style. Here is an example. Let’s say you read this book: カスピアン王子のつのぶえ You would write, C.S.Ruisu. kasupian ooji no tsunobue. Trans. Teiji Seita. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2000.
Returned last week’s homework. List of C.S. Lewis books in the DWC library – list ALL the books which are in English AND the books which are in Japanese in the library. If your homework has an X on it, please do the assignment again CORRECTLY.
Some things we can know, some things we cannot really know, we must believe them (or not); we must either rely on and believe other people, or we mus rely on and believe our own heart or conscience.
What can we know and what cannot we know? What can we know and what must we believe? How can we tell the difference?
For example, is it raining now? We can know by looking out the window or opening the window. We do not need to believe. It would be stupid to believe when we can know for ourselves. We should not believe or rely on other people when we can confirm facts for ourselves.
On the other hand, where are you now? In Japan? In Kyoto? How do you know? In fact, you do not know, you cannot know, you can only believe. This is Japan because everyone agrees that it is Japan. In such a case, we would waste a lot of time if we insisted on confirming for ourselves; we can save time by believing, by relying on other people.
To know something for ourselves means to check, using our own 5 senses (seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling or tasting).
Another way to know something instead of believing, is to use logic, as the Professor does.
In chapter 6, Edmund asksPeter, “How do we know which side [the robin] is on?” It is an intelligent question. In this case, logic is not the answer. It is impossible to know, to confirm for oneself. The only thing to do is to trust one’s instinct or listen to one’s heart.