17 Oct 2009
The Silver Chair is the story of Eustace Scrubb, who was introduced in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. In this book, Eustace and his friend Jill Pole are trying to escape from some bullies and ask Aslan for help. He is pulled back into Narnia with his friend , right into Aslan’s Country and starting his adventure. Aslan charges the two with finding Prince Rilian, who has disappeared and thus the adventure begins.
The Silver Chair was written by C.S. Lewis and is the fourth book of the Chronicles of Narnia. It is the first book in which the Pevensie children do not appear. The Silver Chair explores the concept of not jumping to conclusions. This keeps with Lewis’ pattern of each Narnian Chronicle having some kind of lesson at its core. This is starkly different from J.R.R. Tolkien’s works which read more as epic tales, though the two heavily influenced one another’s writings, having been professors at the same college and developing a rather famous friendship.
In The Silver Chair, we learn more about Eustace Scrubb and are introduced to his love, Jill Pole. Like the Pevensie children, they prove incredibly resourceful as they progress through the quest to find Prince Rilian. They are joined by a Marsh-Wiggle by the name of Puddlegum, a morose individual who constantly assumes the worst is about to befall them. Their antagonist, the evil “Lady of the Green Kirtle”, is reminiscent of Jadis, the evil witch from earlier novels, though the witch is never truly named in the novel. Riding with the witch as her champion is the mysterious enchanted knight. It is the knight that becomes the focal point of the children’s quest.
One of the major points of contention in this novel is the identity of the “Lady of the Green Kirtle” in the novel. Many have speculated that the “Lady” is the White Witch, reborn, but there is little support in the novels for this speculation. A more likely origin might be a “replacement” evil that came to be after the demise of the White Witch. In either case, it is clear that the character represents evil, a driving force seeking to enslave and control the characters or, failing such control, to arrange their untimely demise.
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