The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis is about three kids; Edmund and Lucy Pevensie and Eustace Scrubb. They were cousins and Edmund and Lucy were visiting Eustace because the rest of their family went to America. The brother and sister didn’t really like Eustace; he was more of a conservative, environmentalist-type person. However, one day they were staring at a painting in Eustace’s house and suddenly, they found themselves in the actual place of the painting; a ship at sea. The young kids found themselves on a ship in the land of Narnia. Narnia wasn’t unfamiliar to Lucy and Edmund, they used to be rulers of the area. However, Eustace had a hard time believing this was real. The kids found out that they were on the Dawn Treader, a Narnian ship, sailed by Prince Caspian; a friend of the Pevensies. Prince Caspian was on a quest to find the seven lords that his uncle banished when he was on the throne. That was the start of a long and adventurous journey for the whole crew. Challenges are obstacles that must be overcome; in this book, the characters face and overcome many challenges.
The first island that the kids and Prince Caspian and crew landed on was one of the Lone Islands, Doorn. Prince Caspian and the Pevensies wanted to walk a little bit so they decided to hike to the other side of the island where the Dawn Treader would pick them up. As soon as the kids and Prince Caspian got to shore, they were met by some strangers. Immediately they were taken and planned to be sold in the local slave market. However, on the way there, the group was met by an old man. He wanted to “purchase” Caspian and after much debate, did. When the two were alone, the old man revealed that Caspian looked like the King of Narnia. He also told Prince Caspian that he was Lord Bern and that he was banished by his uncle. Prince Caspian was so happy, but then remembered that he had friends that could possibly be sold. So he and Lord Bern planned to present themselves to the Governor of the Lone Islands, since it is territory of Narnia. The next day, the two played their plan in which Caspian would call his ship and then make it look like he has a large army here to put Governor Gumpas in prison. Some of Caspian’s men and Lord Bern then went to the estate where the Governor lives and confronted him about what is happening in the Islands. “There are two points especially on which I require an explanation. Firstly, I find no record that the tribute due from these Islands to the crown of Narnia has been received for about a hundred and fifty years.” (Lewis 59) Eventually, Caspian relieves Gumpas of his office and then makes Lord Bern the Duke of the Lone Islands. As soon as that happens, Duke Bern makes a law that there will be no slaves or slavery in effect. The children and some of the crew of the Dawn Treader were then saved by almost being sold in the slave market. The voyagers faced a huge challenge of being enslaved, however, with the cunning and smarts of Prince Caspian; they got over the obstacle and got back to their journey to find the other Lords.