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Evil and Redemption in <i>The Snow Queen</i> and <i>The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe</i>

Vigen Guroian

in Tending the Heart of Virtue

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152647
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849192 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152647.003.0006
Evil and Redemption in The Snow Queen and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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A person's goodness or badness is a valence and measure of their humanity or inhumanity. In the moral realm most things are not wholly black or wholly white. Most of us deserve neither the condemnation of monster nor the appellation of saint. This chapter discusses issues of evil and redemption as treated in Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. It is a romantic's response to the 18th-century enlightenment emphasis on abstract and utilitarian reason. It is also a satire aimed at a philosophy of education that sharpens the intellect while starving the emotions. The Snow Queen transcends romanticism, however, and reclaims a vision of the integral self in communion with others and with the whole of creation.

Keywords: The Snow Queen; romanticism; enlightenment; Hans Christian Andersen; evil

Chapter.  8246 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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