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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

by C.S. Lewis

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Quote #4

"And then Caspian showed up in his true colours as a brutal tyrant and said out loud for everyone to hear that anyone found "stealing" water in future would "get two dozen." I didn't know what this meant till Edmund explained it to me. It comes in the sort of books those Pevensie kids read.

"After this cowardly threat Caspian changed his tune and started being patronising. Said he was sorry for me and that everyone felt just as feverish as I did and we must all make the best of it, etc. etc." (5.13-14)

When the Dawn Treader runs low on water, everyone suffers alike. Eustace's attempt to steal a little extra water for himself is immediately punished because it suggests that he sees himself as superior to others on the ship. Maybe Narnia is more about equality than we thought!

Quote #5

"That's all right," said Edmund. "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." (7.54)

Eustace may be irritating, but he's not immoral.

Quote #6

"Her Majesty is in the right," said Reepicheep. "If we had any assurance of saving her by battle, our duty would be very plain. It appears to me that we have none. And the service they ask of her is in no way contrary to her Majesty's honour, but a noble and heroical act. If the Queen's heart moves her to risk the magician, I will not speak against it." (9.79)

Everyone is surprised when Reepicheep argues that it's ethical for a group of strong, powerful men to let a little girl take a serious risk on her own. However, as Reepicheep points out, some risks are honorable. Lucy may be in danger, but it's an acceptable kind of danger.

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