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  • Flusterette

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    May 25, 2023 at 10:06 am
    Level 5: Froglet

    I think it’s a no from me, but here is just my humble opinion:

    On the one hand, the C S Lewis’ quote is often used in context of religion (Christianity from what I can gather after a quick Google).

    On the other hand, the Stephen King book sounds more like an epic to obtain something.

    I think it’s completely different symbolism, unless you’re referring to the fact that the power of the talisman is for the protagonist to use on others (“giving them,” the receiver, the talisman’s power).

    The thing for me is: you can definitely have something in your possession and never give it away. You cannot ‘truly rightly’ give something away if it is not yours (it’s just regular theft to do so if it does not belong to you and wasn’t yours to give), so there’s a kind of literal truth to what C S Lewis says.

    However, it’s undeniable that in The Talisman: they who possess the talisman can use it, and not those who do not have it cannot use it.

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