What is the ending of the book Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The ending of Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis starts at the beginning of the book! As the story opens, Orual is beseeching the gods and pleading her case because she believes she has been wronged in life. She then proceeds to reminiscence about her life and raising her youngest sister Psyche and the alienation of her other sister, Redival. When the books comes full circle and Orual is pleading her case again, she has dreams and visions and finally comes to see that her love for her sister Psyche was possessive and destructive and that she, herself, is to blame for Psyche's exile and for her own sufferings. In other words, at the end of her life, after writing her story out for the gods and "having her day in court," Orual recognizes where she has transgressed against those she purported to love and to whom she had a duty of love to.

As a note on the style of Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis framed this as a flashback starting from a present day resolution in much the same way as Tolstoy framed The Death of Ivan Ilyich as a flashback from the present day resolution of Ivan's funeral.

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