“Don’t you mind,” said Puddleglum. “There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan; and he was there when the giant king caused the letters to be cut, and he knew already all things that would come of them; including this.” -C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair
Parts of C.S. Lewis’ “The Silver Chair,” seemed like a book completely unlike the other Chronicles of Narnia. Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole hiding from bullies at the their school, The Experiment House, back into bushes and are transported on the heights of a very great mountain.
Eustace floats down from the cliff, guided by Aslan’s breath to the land below, but Jill Pole, a first-time visitor to Narnia, is startled by the great lion, Aslan, who gives her four signs, instructions to complete a mission he has for her.
The book revolves around this journey, following Eustace, Jill and Puddleglum’s adventure to find Prince Rillian, King Caspian’s only son and heir to the throne, who disappeared 10 years before, when a witch murdered his mother and kidnapped him and was never seen again.
Main themes discussed in the book is the battle between good and evil, light and dark. This contrast is paralleled by the freedom and slavery (enchantments by dark magic) that the protagonists encounter. Perseverance and overcoming setbacks is also a prevailing theme throughout.
All in all, the book was a thrilling tale of adventure and bravery to fight against the evil of slavery through manipulation and control.