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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

by C.S. Lewis

Transformation Theme

Transformation and metamorphosis are common in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Although some transformations seem purely physical (such as when Eustace turns into a dragon), affecting only the outward form and shape of a person or people, they usually turn out to be related to emotional, psychological, or spiritual changes as well. Transformation is not just imposed by external forces; instead, it reveals a deeper truth about the person or people who undergo it. Transformations that seem unpleasant or distressing often turn out to serve a greater purpose in the end.

Questions About Transformation

  1. Describe Eustace's physical and psychological transformations in Chapters 4-7. How does Eustace's metamorphosis into a dragon reflect his psychological state? What emotional and spiritual changes must he go through in order to be turned back into a boy?
  2. Why does Coriarkin transform the Duffers into Monopods? Why do they make themselves invisible? Why do they ask Lucy to break the invisibility spell?
  3. What effect does the discovery of water that turns things to gold have on Caspian and Edmund? How are they brought back to their senses?
  4. Do Caspian, Lucy, or Edmund develop as characters in the course of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader? If so, how? If not, then what is their purpose in the story?

Chew on This

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Eustace's transformation into a dragon is merely a physical confirmation of something that has already happened to him psychologically and spiritually.

Eustace's most important transformation is his realization that he does not have the power to change himself. He must want to change, then submit to Aslan, who can actually effect the change.

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