Images of books and writing are frequent in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and may serve to provide insight into a character who is writing or to highlight a character's literary shortcomings. Familiarity with certain kinds of literature is almost considered a prerequisite for being a good person in this book. Reading the "right" books helps humanize the characters and educate them in the nature of beauty and truth. In contrast, relying too much on one's own capacity to write, or writing mechanically or selfishly, can indicate the perils of egotism or bureaucracy. Reading and writing also blur into the supernatural world in this book, becoming magical on more than one occasion.
Literature and writing in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader are powerful processes that can result in a subtle mastery over a situation.
Although the characters in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader experience the power of the written word, they value real-life experience over literary knowledge.