Publication Date

Spring 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Christopher T. White, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Rosemary Johnsen, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Matthew, M. Thiele, Ph.D.


I will be exploring the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams. In each one of the novels I explore a journey that each main character must take. Their actions will bring them to a new, transformative life or a very literal death. There is much at stake. The readers must also be willing to take a good look at themselves because this journey is actually intended for them. I argue that each of these authors writes for the common reader with the intention of provoking an introspective look into life and its great meaning. The Christian background of each of the authors is the driving force for their storytelling. I will examine particular instances in each story where the character chooses to grow. These moments illustrate important lessons for readers that could lead to personal growth, purpose, and a renewed sense of self-worth. I believe looking at each of these authors, characters, and moments of maturation is a unique and worthwhile exploration.