WS2, week 8, November 13th, 2015


  • Prepare your presentation. (next time Nov. 27th)
  • Easy reading: read an easy reading book from the “Easy Reading” section of the library.
  • Record the details on your “ Reading List”. Include the following items:
    • Title, author, level, genre, comment
  •  Chapter 15
    • Short Essay Questions

Today’s class

Temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden. (Artwork by Duncan Long)






  1. Presentations by
  2. Ms. Tanaka H. – “The Cabby is chosen to be the first King of Narnia. What aspects of his character will make him a good king? “
    1. He is honest
    2. He is brave (not afraid of Jadis)
    3. He is kind to his horse
    4. He is religious
    5. He is peace-loving (he is not interested in guns, like Uncle Andrew, but more interested in the Lion and his song).
    6. He is a simple man – he prefers the countryside to the city of London (he only works in London because he cannot find work in the country).
  3. Sonoda – “Charn is where Jadis, the personification of the powers of death and destruction comes from. Describe Charn and explain how this setting is also symbolic of death and destruction”
    1. There is no life in Charn
    2. No water
    3. No grass or any green life
    4. The sun is a dull red, it is old and coming to the end of its life.
    5. At the end of the story, Aslan shows the children the dry pool which used to lead to Charn. There is no water in it now: Charn is dead.
  4. Pee – “When Jadis comes to London, she has certain cultural expectations. People in London have contrasting cultural expectations. Describe some of the culture clashes that occur when Jadis spends time in London. Consider such things as law, dress, technology, magic and gender roles, plus any other cultural clashes that you find.”
    1. She thinks everyone is her slave, to obey her.
    2. She thinks she owns everyone and everything (she takes jewelry and does not think that she has to pay for it)
    3. She rides the hansom cab in a very different way from ordinary people in our world.
    4. She loses her magic power in our world (but not her physical strength).
  5. Otome – “The mountain garden where Digory takes the Apple of Life from is intended to represent or be the Narnian equivalent of the Garden of Eden. Describe the mountain garden in your own words, and explain what it does and does not have in common with the mythical Garden of Eden. (Note: if appropriate, another mythological or legendary garden can be substituted for the Garden of Eden).”
    1. Both are gardens created by a Creator (God in the Bible, Aslan in TMN).
    2. The garden of Eden had just one rule: no eating of the fruit of the tree of Knowledge
      1. The garden in TMN has 2 rules: “Come in by the gate or not at all” and “Take of the fruit for others only” (not for yourself).
    3. In the both gardens, there is someone who tempts somone else to break a promise.
      1. In Eden, it is Satan (in the form of a snake) who tempts Eve to break her promise to God not to eat the fruit of the tree of Knowledge.
      2. In TMN, it is Jadis who tempts Digory to break his promise to Aslan.
    4. In Eden, Eve (and Adam) breaks her promise.
      1. In TMN, Digory keeps his promise (just).

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