Meet the Characters of The Dawn Treader
- Monday, November 15, 2010
And every night they saw that there rose in the east new constellations which no one had ever seen in Narnia and perhaps, as Lucy thought with a mixture of joy and fear, no living eye had seen at all. - Chapter 13
The youngest of the four Pevensie children, Lucy possesses a special sensitivity to Aslan's presence. She is a truthful girl who offers her friendship and compassion readily, even to creatures like Eustace who least deserve it. Her voyage on the Dawn Treader will be her third trip into Aslan's world, and she still exudes the blissful contentment of a child in the Great Lion's kingdom. Yet Lucy struggles with her own insecurities. Living in the shadow of her lovely sister Susan, the seduction of the attractive can distract her from being truly winsome. She and her brother Edmund will both face inner trials on this journey to Narnia.
"Between ourselves, you haven't been as bad as I was on my first trip to Narnia. You were only an ass, but I was a traitor." - Chapter 7
Though Edmund shared Eustace's bullying and power-hungry tendencies on his first trip to Narnia, his encounters in that world have transformed Edmund into a courageous adventurer. This is his third trip to Aslan's world, and he returns as one of its greatest kings. He shares very little in common with Eustace at this point, but he hasn't quite grown up yet. At home in England, Edmund chafes at boyhood restrictions, because he's tasted kingship in Narnia. Brown notes that Edmund's first two trips to Narnia required him to battle external foes like the White Witch; this trip will force him to confront the enemy within. He may not face dangerous foes this trip, but Edmund is still vulnerable to pride.
Reepicheep the Talking Mouse
"Where sky and water meet,
Where the waves grow sweet,
Doubt not, Reepicheep,
To find all you seek,
There is the utter East.
I do not know what it means. But the spell of it has been on me all my life" - Chapter 2
This Talking Mouse has two purposes in life: first, to increase his honor, and second, to reach the end of the world. Reepicheep is only two feet tall, and he makes up for his lack of height with an overabundance of bravery that borders on the cavalier. The Mouse's courage is his most admirable virtue, as he is quick to defend the defenseless, but this courage is also his weakness, as he's liable to pick a fight when a gentle word is more apt. Despite his preoccupation with his honor, however, Reepicheep really longs something greater than himself. "Though from time to time Reepicheep loses sight of it, the real object of his desire is reaching Aslan's Country," Brown writes. This insatiable longing leads the Mouse on the greatest adventure of all.
Caspian X, King of Narnia
"On my coronation day, with Aslan's approval, I swore an oath that, if once I 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." - Chapter 2
In Prince Caspian, the rightful king gained his throne with the help of the Pevensie children. Now three years into his reign, Caspian has left his kingdom in search of seven lords exiled under his uncle, Miraz. The young king's desire to reach the end of the world - perhaps even Aslan's country - is always simmering just below the surface. Brown writes that Caspian's quest mirrors our own "need for continual development, our ongoing need to do more than stay where we are, to stay where everything is safe and predictable, and rest on our past accomplishments." Like the Pevensies and Eustace, Caspian still has some growing up to do, and will require Aslan's help in doing so.
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