Voyage Of The Dawn Treader The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’ was written by C.S. Lewis, it was pulished by HarperTrophy, in the U.S. in 1955 and reprinted in 1983. The book has 216 pages and is a novel of fiction and adventure. .
The story begins with Lucy and Edmund staying at their aunt and uncle’s house. Their cousin Eustance, who they did not get along with at all, was always ordering them around and never leaving them alone. One afternoon when Edmund and Lucy finally did catch a moment alone they began to talk of Narnia, their own secret world which they had visited twice before. In Lucy’s room they looked at the picture on the wall above Lucy’s bed, it was of a s a Narnian ship, the ‘Dawn Treader’ and they longed to be on it. Just then Eusance walked into the room and began to tease them about Narnia, and suddenly, they began to shrink.
Lucy and Edmond knew what was happening but Eustance didn’t . A few moments after, they were drowning in the water beside the ‘Dawn Treader’. On board the ship, they found the prince of Narnia- Caspian. He gave them warm clothes and introduced them to his crew. Then he explained to them why they ( Prince Caspian and his crew) were there: “A longtime ago as a child my usurping uncle Miraz got rid of seven friends of my father’s (who might have taken my part)by sending them off to explore the unknown Eastern Seas beyond the Lone Islands….on my coronation day , with Aslan’s approval, I swore an oath that, if once I had established peace in Narnia, I would sail east myself for a year and a day to find my father’s friends or to learn of their deaths, and avenge them if I could.” The remainder of the book tells of they different obstacles that the group meet on their travels, on the Dawn Treader, and each obstacle is an adventure.
I enjoyed reading about their many encounters for example- when they reach the Island of voices, which turns out to be little invisible dwarfs who were punished by a magician because they annoyed him, the only way they could be returned to themselves was to get a human girl to go up to the magician’s tower and read the spell- so Lucy did it and saved the day! Another adventure they had was on Dragon Island which was only called that after the unfortunate situation where Eustance was turned into a dragon because of his greed. When he came back to the camp where everyone was eating dinner, they all got scared and ran away except for Edmund who saw a tear fall from the dragon’s eye, and only then did he understand that a person was trapped inside of the fierce body of the dragon. After many attempts to find out who it was, they finally figured it out but could not do anything to change him back to himself- only Aslan could do somthing as superior as that. My favorite part of the book was their quest in search of the end of the world. They reach a point in the sea where they are able to see the bottom of the seafloor. The water is so clear, Lucy can see the shadow of the ship. Looking overboard, she suddenly notices figures moving down below, and then she realizes that they are mermen and mermaids.
Then Drinian ,the ship’s captain, informs her that you can not tell the men to look below, for they will be tempted to jump into the water after the beautiful sea-women or the country itself. Drinian had heard about many sailors who fell in love and lost their lives in the sea. I have enjoyed reading this series because I like the author’s imagination and his way of telling a story. His description and details help set a perfect picture in the reader’s mind to a point where they can feel they are watching it happen in a movie or a T.V. show.
His adventures are always interesting, exciting and unusual, his ideas are so stimulating that it makes the reader want to keep reading till the end. I can never guess the outcome, it is always a surprise. This is the 5th book that I have read by C.S. Lewis, and I hope to read many more, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys using his imagination, or likes a good old adventure. In this story, The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’, there are 6 main charactors.
I have introduced five charactors above- Aslan, Edmond, Lucy, Eustance and Prince Caspian. I have not included Reepicheep but will give a brief description of their charactors. Most of these charactors appear in more than one of the novels in the series, other than Aslan, who plays a part in each of the novels. Aslan – The King, Lord of the whole wood, and son of Emperor across the sea. Aslan is The Great Lion.
He comes and goes as he pleases, he comes to overthrow the witch ans save Narnia. He has met with almost all the charactors in the book, as he appears in all of them. Prince Caspian – He is the nephew of King Miraz and is known as Caspian the tenth , the true king of Narnia. He is also called the Emperor of the Lone Islands. His character is kind , fair and brave.He appears in four of the novels.
Edmond – King Edmund the Just- in the second book of Narnia, he and his two sisters ,Lucy and Susan, and older brother ,Peter, become Kings and Queens over Narnia. The four brothers and sisters visited Narniaat the time of the winter rule of the White Witch. They remained there for many Narnian years and established the Golden Age of Narnia. They appear in 5 of the novels. Lucy – Queen Lucy the Valiant- She discovered Narnia, she is the charactor who has the most contact with Aslan.
Lucy likes to do things for others, to help out. Also, she receives a gift from Aslan, the gift of healing. Eustance Clarence Scrubb – He is Lucy and Edmond’s cousin. His charactor at the begining of the story is that of an unlikable boy. However, as the story develops he begins to change. He finds Narnia quite a shock and he appears in three of the books Reepicheep – He is Chief Mouse, self-appointed and humble servant to Prince Caspian, and perhaps the most valiant knight of all in all Narnia.
His chivalry is unsurpassed, as also are his courage and skill with his sword. He apears in three of the books.