By Doris T. Myers
C. S. Lewis desired to identify his final novel “Bareface.” Now Doris T. Myers’s Bareface offers a welcome research of Lewis’s final, so much profound, and such a lot skillfully written novel, until we now have Faces. even though many declare it really is his most sensible novel, until eventually we now have Faces is a thorough departure from the fable style of Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters and has been much less renowned than Lewis’s previous works. In Bareface, Myers provides historical past info in this tricky paintings and indicates interpreting concepts designed to make it extra available to basic readers. She additionally offers a clean method of Lewis feedback for the joy of specialists. Previous reviews have usually taken care of the radical as mere fantasy, ignoring Lewis’s attempt to provide the tale of Cupid and Psyche as anything which may have occurred. Myers emphasizes the old heritage, the grounding of the characterizations in smooth psychology, and the completely lifelike narrative presentation. She identifies key books in old and medieval literature, background, and philosophy that stimulated Lewis’s pondering in addition to mentioning a formerly ignored affinity with William James. From this context, a clearer knowing of until eventually we've got Faces can emerge. Approached during this manner, the paintings could be visible as a practical twentieth-century novel utilizing modernist strategies resembling the unreliable narrator and the manipulation of time. the foremost characters healthy well into William James’s typology of spiritual event, and Orual, the narrator-heroine, additionally develops the type of own adulthood defined via Carl Jung. while, either atmosphere and plot offer insights into the traditional international and pre-Christian modes of thought. Organized to facilitate looking in accordance with the reader’s own pursuits and desires, this research is helping readers discover this complicated and sophisticated novel of their personal manner. Containing clean insights that even the main skilled Lewis student will enjoy, Bareface is an accomplishment valuable of Lewis’s lifelong contemplation.
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However, lest our understanding of nurturing, possessive love become too simplistic, Lewis shows us that Psyche’s love of the Fox is also intense and possessive. When he came down with the fever, Psyche nursed him, even though she had been forbidden to risk her life for a slave. Orual recollects, “She would fight, yes, and bite, any who stood between her and his door” (TWHF, 30). The difference between Psyche’s love and Orual’s is that Psyche’s love includes compassion, a compassion broad enough to encompass all the needy people of Glome.
The Fox’s enlightened logic seems thin and weak, for the room has become filled with “the holiness and horror of divine things” (TWHF, 49). Furthermore, the Old Priest counters with a realistic assessment of the power of religious belief. The people will fear the Shadow; they will mob the palace and burn it down; nobody, not even the priest of Ungit himself, can stop them. 6 To get in touch with divine power, there must be sacrifice, a depth of seriousness expressed in the spilling of blood. It is sacrifice, not Greek wisdom, that brings the rain and makes food grow.
The Fox brings Greek culture, especially literature, to Glome, and in so doing, he brings the tradition of the Trojan War. When he tells about the mating of Aphrodite and Anchises, he is putting the story of Orual’s dealings with Ungit and her son into the context of the Trojan War, for the son of this mating was Aeneas, the hero who escaped from burning Troy and founded Rome. The Trojan War is the starting point of the Homeric epics and also the basis of several great tragedies of the Greek golden age.
Bareface: A Guide to C.S. Lewis's Last Novel by Doris T. Myers