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Out of all the four Pevensie kids (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) I’m most like Susan and Edmund. (It really depends on my mood.) Here’s is why I completely identify with Edmund.
1. There is air inside.
2. I can’t bat a cricket ball to save my life.
3. Ha. Sea Serpents? (AKA, skepticism.)
4. I’m not holding your hand!
5. I’d trade my soul for a box of Turkish Delight, no sweat. Wait. Should I be admitting this?
In the end, I think people should cut Edmund slack about being the “betrayer.” Really. I know a lot of people say, “I like Edmund because he’s flawed.” That’s great. Flawed characters are usually pretty deep. But what about his simple coolness as a character?
I think it’s weird how we seem to pick out one thing to remember about each Pevensie kid, and the rest just doesn’t seem to matter.
Peter is known for his courage and protecting his family. The bossy side of him is swept under the table. Susan is known for being the bossy, stuffy older sister. Her practicality and selflessness are lost. Edmund is the betrayer who became the “just one”. He’s actually really witty, and has great lines in the book and the movie. And Lucy is all about the faith and trust. (No pixie dust.) Her jealousy isn’t one of her most memorable traits, right? But it’s definitely there.
It’s weird the way it works. I think we get way too hung up on stereotypes — so much that when someone is successful in breaking the stereotypes in their writing, we tend to stereotype them anyway. I find that interesting.