This post covers The Silver Chair, the fourth book (using the order that they were originally published)in the Chronicles of Narnia. At the start we cover some news about an exhibition on the Chronicles of Narnia that may be coming to a city near you soon. In addition, we take a look at what was going on in Jack’s life while he wrote these tales and what he thought about some modern educational trends.
The Silver Chair features Eustace from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as one hero and introduces us to two new ones, Jill Pole (Eustace’s fellow student at Experiment House) and Puddleglum the Marshwriggle, one of the most liked Narnia characters created by Lewis.
The tale is a “quest” narrative in that Eustace and Jill are given a task by Aslan and must travel to many strange lands to accomplish it. Puddleglum acts as their guide. Aslan gives Jill four signs to guide them in their mission, and the book’s question is “Will the heroes follow the signs or not?”. The book also raises questions about devotion and obedience to God and whether God and Heaven are just fantasies, just the wish-fulfillment of dreams, or are they something that really exist.