“On Stories”—C.S. Lewis’s Analysis of Plot and Narrative

C.S. Lewis, Classic Books and Ideas, Commentary

Jahanna Bolding

C.S. Lewis in his essay “On Stories” discusses the purposes of a narrative story. He argues that a good story must do more than tell about a series of events that leads to a conclusion. According to Lewis, a story should not simply please the reader. More important than the plot is the atmosphere that the author creates within each chapter of a book.