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How Do You Interpret In 1956 Clive Staples Lewis wrote an intellectually deep book which he titled Till We have Faces It is considered one of his best works although it is not one of his better-known works This particular novel provides one with many ways to interpret There are so many symbols metaphors and at times the mythic retelling can appear to be an allegory Till We Have Faces is a wonderful retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche In this myth Psyche is not allowed to see her husband Cupid at all However Psyche is coerced into stealing a look at her husband and in doing this her world falls apart C S Lewis takes a brilliant twist and tells the story from Psyches older sisters point of view The older sisters name is Orual It is Orual who convinces Psyche to cheat a look at her never-been-seen husband and therefore is the instigator of the pain that Psyche experiences for the rest of her life Orual becomes the Queen after her father the King dies She hides her pain until she dies It is interesting to hear different interpretations and then to remember where that particular interpreter is coming from With this particular author C S Lewis the most obvious background to associate with this novel is that of the church This association is made because C S Lewis was a brilliant Christian theologian From this background also mine one might see issues of faith in God or salvation from death and inheritance of Heaven Another person perhaps an atheist may see it as a desperate plea of a Christian to defend his faith Yet another Atheist may see in this story an extended metaphor for overcoming ones undesirable qualities as is the case in Orual becoming beautiful Psyche A college student may glean out of it that we Orual are at war with methods of thinking Orual
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