So says Steven D. Boyer in his very insightful piece in Touchstone aptly called “Invading Narnia.” He demonstrates the obvious, that Lewis loved hierarchy (unperverted) and that it is central to the Narnian stories (and really all of his work). This is one of the many problems (tragedies) of the movie versions of the books.
“In order to address questions like these, we have to ask first what Lewis is trying to do. What is his ‘Christian vision of the world’? We could address this question by focusing on the Narnia tales specifically, but it ends up being more productive (and avoiding some of the twists and turns of scholarship on Narnia) to begin with a broader account of Lewis’s basic theological outlook, and so that is what we shall do.
Understanding this basic outlook does bring with it, however, one really substantial obstacle: we have to think carefully about a significant element in Lewis’s vision that does not play very well in our world, even among contemporary Christians. That element is Lewis’s peculiar fondness for hierarchy.
The word ‘hierarchy’ does not have very pleasant connotations in our day, so to speak of someone being ‘fond of hierarchy’ sounds very ‘peculiar’ indeed. It is like admitting that your great-uncle Jack, really a fine old gentleman, never got over his childhood delight in pulling the wings off flies. Of course, this odd and even repulsive idiosyncrasy might be ignored by members of the family, out of their affection for Uncle Jack.
The only problem with treating Lewis this way is that his particular oddity reappears everywhere in his work, usually quite explicitly, and it has an exceptionally strong bearing upon the way he understands orthodox Christianity. If we are going to understand Lewis’s deeply Christian vision of the world, we will need to try hard to understand how this suspicious attraction to hierarchy is a part of it.”
It’s an excellent read. The entire piece by Dr. Boyer is here.