Going along with last week, I'm going to analyze something. But this time, I'm thinking of a movie. You all had to know that it was going to be a Narnia. I've decided to do the third one because each character struggles with something that is so beyond real that I think we could all related to in some way. The third Narnia movie is Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It might be the final one as far as the movies go, but I'm not totally sure. So watch the movie before or while you're reading this and enjoy.
I feel like I need to do a really quick summary first. It starts with Edmund and Lucy going back to Narnia for a third time, but with their really annoying and horrible cousin, Eustace. They are pulled onto the Dawn Treader by Caspian and his crew. They are trying to find the Lord of Telma and on their journey, they discover that there is this mist that they have to defeat. Not going to spoil everything, but it is a happy ending of sorts.
So I want to start with Eustace, purely because he seems to be the easiest. He's arrogant, annoying and doubted that Narnia is a thing even while he's in there. I believe that we are all like Eustace a lot more than we care to admit. We all doubt what we believe if we don't have physical evidence, and even then, we doubt. But we aren't bound by our doubt. On one of their stops, Eustace is left alone. He discovers a little canyon type thing with a ton of gold. He tries to take it and then ends up as a dragon. During his time as a dragon, he starts to learn more about himself and more about Narnia. Extraordinary things happen to extraordinary people is something he's told a lot. Maybe we can learn that from Eustace. We are all extraordinary in our own ways.
Caspian is one that could be more subtle. His uncle killed his father. He struggles with being King. This doesn't come out right away. But when the mist comes aboard the ship, he has hallucinations of his father saying that he wasn't proud of Caspian. But afterward, Caspian does realize his father would be proud. I think we all can struggle with approval of others. But Caspian realized that his father would be more proud if he stayed and took care of the country. I think we can all realize something similar.
Edmund struggles with his past. The White Witch keeps returning to haunt him and the choice he made the first time he came to Narnia. One thing I think most of use can relate to is that feel that past mistakes keep coming back to haunt us. But we can overcome them, just like Edmund did. Our past does not define us, and it doesn't dictate our future.
Finally, Lucy. She struggles with understanding her value and her worth. She is unable to see how beautiful she really is. I know we all get like this sometimes. We don't see that we are worth so much to those around us. But we are. Lucy sees this too after she wishes to be Susan. Without her, her siblings wouldn't even know about Narnia.
These characters are much more than film characters. They are people who have flaws and imperfections that we all struggle with in real-life. Narnia might be an imaginary land, but the lessons learned from it are very real. The characters might not be real people, but the impact us just as much, if not more than some of the real people.