In other Blogs I have mentioned that a sub theme of C S Lewis’s The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe is on Drug Addiction.
To this I have had several complaints that Edmund was seduced by treachery not Drugs.
In my defense I have written the following and I stand by it.
In the book whenever the narrative turned to Edmund the topic of the Turkish delight came into play, much like a craving.
It was very clearly stated that the magic of the Turkish delight was in the fact that a person who ate it could not stop and continually wanted more and would do anything to keep getting it, if this is not an allusion to drug dependency than I don’t know what is. (sorry I will have to retrieve the full quote later after I beg borrow or steal a copy of the book)
Also the allusion to Turkish delight as a drug was not entirely something Lewis drew out of his own imagination.
In the book Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years by Ernest Abel (New York and London, Plenum Press, 1980) , Abel notes the following;
“As in India, local officials in Egypt were alarmed at the large numbers of inhabitants who used hashish directly or in confections, many of which were exported to Europe. Among the variety of confectionery treats containing hashish that were sent abroad were ‘Turkish Delight,’ square pieces of hashish containing sugar and gelatin which were a particular favorite of the students at Cambridge University in England.(p. 133.)
As an academic Lewis would have known this given that it was as noted a “particular favorite of the students at Cambridge University in England,” even though Lewis went to Oxford the use at Cambridge would not have likely slipped his attention.
That said, Edmund was portrayed as the weakest of the group, a usual starting point for dependency.
So I stick to my original interpretation, if the Turkish delight was not a drug it was most certainly the cause of Edmund’s allegiance to the witch.
It does follow from a Christian perspective however that Satan (represented by the witch) would use addiction to tempt a Christian away from God, would it not?