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Great Divorce: Plot Summary
Great Divorce: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Great Divorce: Themes
Great Divorce: Quotes
Great Divorce: Characters
Great Divorce: Symbols
Great Divorce: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of C.S. Lewis
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- Full Title: The Great Divorce
- When Written: 1943-44
- Where Written: London and Oxford
- When Published: October 1945
- Genre: Religious fiction, Allegory, Fantasy
- Setting: The Grey Town, the Valley of the Shadow of Life
- Climax: The game of chess
- Antagonist: Sin, hate, and pain could all be considered the antagonists of the novel—as Lewis sees it, these concepts are different versions of the same fundamental evil—the denial of the glory of God
- Point of View: First person, Present tense
Extra Credit for The Great Divorce
Famous fans. C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia books are some of the most famous children’s novels of all time, and they’ve inspired some other classics of children’s literature. Lewis’s fans include J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, Philip Pullman, authors of the His Dark Materials trilogy, and Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Pullman, an atheist, claims to despise Lewis’s Christian ideas, but has “boundless respect” for the Chronicles of Narnia.
Best buddies. Lewis was a popular professor at Oxford University, and had lots of book friends on the faculty. His closest friend, another expert in Classics and English literature, also penned a series of Christian-inspired fantasy novels for intelligent young readers. His name? J. R. R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings books!