Reading Response on Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe by Jacqui Ghodsi
"No one will mind what what we do" (4) in this old house for it is like the recesses of the self, its essence, its individuality, which are unattainable except through the person’s own introspection or exploration. This is especially reminiscent of Narnia, a land whose dimensions are not of the real world but that of the imaginatio. Experienced only by the individual no one esle in the real world is cognizant of its existence.
The many unutilized rooms of the old house are suggestopms pf tje ,amu facets pf tje self, laying dormant, unbeknown to the person. The varying numbetrs of stairs and hallways connecting these rooms in a seemingly inconsistent architectural plan imply an incoherent sense of the self, a lack of direction. Like the house in which "you never seem to come to the end of it," the self is an entity whose development is not limited by space, nor is it hindered by time. Just as the architecture is "full of unexpected places" (6), so too is the slef. Its shortcomings and potential are only realized through new areas of experience that are not necessarily obvious.
While Peter says that there is "nothing there," Lucy believes it is "worth while trying the door of the wardrobe" (6), thereby revealing her willingness to take the initiative to explore the unknown. The others have strong doubts about Lucy’s adventure, labelling the closemindedness of the other children and their apprehension of exploring what is unfamiliar, content to only accept what is real or tangible. Bachelard’s conception of the Poetics of Space further demonstrates this idea, of Imagination as the primary force of inspiration and action. It works through language that "is truly the first manifestation of silence. It lets the attentive silence, beneath the images, remain alive" (25 AS). Children’s imagination is the faculty of forming, and of de-forming images, perceiving new spatial understanding of images. This leads to our comprehension of being-in-the-world through language.
Only by escaping Mrs. Mccready and the visitors are the children forced into a realization of their own selves to refine and polish the essence of their selves so that they become Susan the Gentle, Peter the Magnificent, Edmund the Just, and Lucy the Valiant (?). Only through imagination, unemcumbered by the tangible, did they encounter the reality of their own selsves that had been cancealed, just as Narnia had been hidden within the wardrobe.