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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday Trip: the Dawn Treader


From: CS Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia)

The quote: "The question is," said Edmund, "whether it doesn't make things worse, looking at a Narnian ship when you cant' get there."
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"Still playing your old game?" said Eustace Clarence . . .

Morphology: The Dawn Treader itself -- but "herself" in good sailor's slang -- already includes the dragon and the sea serpent in its shape. Sort of a female specimen attracting "her" male partners, therefore working as a trap? But the two male beasts won't mind "her" at all: the dragon will be too sad, and the sea serpent too dull. So, the very ship's shape may suggest that, after all, Evil and Good are not only contraries, but they also belong to each other. Aslan the Lion is a symbol of Christ, while the Serpent is usually a symbol of Satan, but the Serpent can turn into a symbol of Christ as well, see John 3: 14, or 3.14. There is a quirky Greek-Pi theological connection here, if we recall that in Genesis 3.14 God's true name and nature is revealed.