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The film Shadowlands is based on the theme of suffering. It deals with a number of issues that Christianity in particular, has found hard to resolve such as loved ones suffering from severe illnesses

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The film Shadowlands is based on the theme of suffering. It deals with a number of issues that Christianity in particular, has found hard to resolve such as loved ones suffering from severe illnesses (Joy). It is a part biography about CS Lewis (Clive Staples Lewis), who was a lecturer of English at Oxford University. The issue being covered is evil and suffering and the idea that if God is loving, he wouldn't allow evil and suffering in the world he created. However, the Christian response would be that God gives everyone the opportunity of free will, which means they are free to do what they want and be responsible for the consequences. This means that if people want to cause evil and suffering they are free to but they must know and be aware of the consequences. War is a form of evil and suffering that is caused by people with either good or bad intentions. ...read more.

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You see we are like blocks of stone out of which the sculptor carves forms of man. Blows of the chisel which hurt us so much, what makes us perfect.' Jack begins to change his views about his theory on evil and suffering when Joy is diagnosed with cancer. He asks 'Why? See, if you love someone you don't want them to suffer. You can't let them. You want to take on their suffering yourself. Even I feel like that. Why doesn't God?' This tells us that he is beginning to go against his original theory on evil and suffering and asking why God doesn't prevent it or take on their suffering. He compares his feelings to God when he says if he feels that way, then why doesn't God if he's such a loving and caring person? Here we see the Christian dilemma being personally forced. ...read more.

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He says a man would do this and put up with the pain afterwards, rather than to be safe and lose something straight away. It was Joy who made him realise this when she taught him 'The happiness now is part of the pain then', which means in his accepting the happiness that he would have whilst she was alive, he'll have to accept the pain after her death, therefore it is our duty to choose to suffer. I feel Shadowlands dealt with this issue very well, as Jack kept contradicting himself and changing his mind. This gives the viewer more time to think and considers more than one perspective, which makes it appealing to everyone and not just Christians. Also, it dealt with a very sensitive theme of evil and suffering, which meant that they could not approach it in a very cynical way and they didn't. It was approached with a lot of awareness and in a way that was very appealing to viewers of all ages. ?? ?? ?? ?? a (iii) Vikki Charalambous ...read more.

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