What have you been thinking about? Chronicles of Heaven Unshackled Chronicles of Heaven Unshackled examines the presence and absence of God in the English novel, with particular reference to Tolkien and C.
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It begins as the complaint of Orual as an old woman, who is bitter at the injustice of the gods. She has always been ugly, but after her mother dies and her father the King of Glome remarries, she gains a beautiful half-sister Istra, whom she loves as her own daughter, and who is known throughout the novel by the Greek version of her name, Psyche.
Psyche is so beautiful that the people of Glome begin to offer sacrifices to her as to a goddess. The Priest of the goddess Ungit, a powerful figure in the kingdom, then informs the king that various plagues befalling the kingdom are a result of Ungit's jealousy, so Psyche is sent as a human sacrifice to the unseen "God of the Mountain" at the command of Ungit his mother.
Orual plans to rescue Psyche but falls ill and is unable to prevent anything. When she is well again, Orual arranges to go to where Psyche was stranded on the mountain, either to rescue her or to bury what remains of her. She is stunned to find Psyche is alive, free from the shackles in which she had been bound, and furthermore says she does not need to be rescued in any way.
Rather, Psyche relates that she lives in a beautiful castle that Orual cannot see, as the God of the Mountain has made her a bride rather than a victim. At one point in the narrative, Orual believes she has a brief vision of this castle, but then it vanishes like a mist.
Hearing that Psyche has been commanded by her new god-husband not to look on his face all their meetings are in the nighttimeOrual is immediately suspicious. She argues that the god must be a monster, or that Psyche has actually started to hallucinate after her abandonment and near-death on the mountain, that there is no such castle at all, and that her husband is actually an outlaw who was hiding on the mountain and takes advantage of her delusions in order to have his way with her.
Orual says that because either possibility is one that she cannot abide by, she must disabuse her sister of this illusion.
She returns a second time, bringing Psyche a lamp for her to use while her "husband" sleeps, and when Psyche insists that she will not betray her husband by disobeying his command, Orual threatens both Psyche and herself, stabbing herself in the arm to show she is capable of following through on her threat.
Ultimately, reluctantly, Psyche agrees because of the coercion and her love for her sister. When Psyche disobeys her husband, she is immediately banished from her beautiful castle and forced to wander as an exile.
The God of the Mountain appears to Orual, stating that Psyche must now endure hardship at the hand of a force he himself could not fight likely his mother the goddess Ungitand that "You too shall be Psyche," which Orual attempts to interpret for the rest of her life, usually taking it to mean that as Psyche suffers, she must suffer also.
She decries the injustice of the gods, saying that if they had shown her a picture of Psyche's happiness that was easier to believe, she would not have ruined it.
From this day forward she vows that she will keep her face veiled at all times. Eventually, Orual becomes a Queen, and a warrior, diplomat, architect, reformer, politician, legislator, and judge, though all the while remaining alone.
She drives herself, through work, to forget her grief and the love she has lost.The name Psyche means “soul” in Greek, and thus the myth holds the potential interpretation in which the human soul itself is beloved by the god whose name means “love.” Several versions of the myth have come since then, but none so powerful and unusual as C.
S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces. Till We Have Faces A Myth Retold C.S. Lewis's book Till We Have Faces is about the myth of Psyche and Cupid. However, in the original tale Psyche is a very naive girl who is greatly influenced by her two wicked older sisters.
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.
The ThemeTracker below shows where, and to what degree, the theme of Beauty vs. Ugliness appears in each Chapter of Till We Have Faces. Click or tap on any chapter to read its Summary & Analysis.
Click or tap on any chapter to read its Summary & Analysis. The last fantasy we shall consider is Lewis' Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold, which is a reworking of the story of Cupid and Psyche.
It concerns two sisters, Orual and Psyche, daughters of the King of the semi-barbaric country of Glome. Till We Have Faces affords one further crucial point. Because its protagonist is congenitally ugly, the book makes beauty (of both soul and body) a central theme. Because its protagonist is congenitally ugly, the book makes beauty (of both soul and body) a central theme.