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Prince Caspian

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 1951

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Introduction

Prince Caspian

  • Genre: Fiction; children’s/middle-grade high fantasy
  • Originally Published: 1958
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 870L; grades 5-9
  • Structure/Length: 15 named and numbered chapters; approx. 238 pages; approx. 4 hours, 40 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: This high-fantasy novel is the fourth in The Chronicles of Narnia series though it was the second published. The four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Edmund, return to Narnia and help Prince Caspian and his army try to regain his rightful place on the throne by overthrowing the prince’s murderous uncle, Miraz.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Violence; religious symbolism

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, Author

  • Bio: 1898-1963; born in Belfast, Ireland; educated by tutors and at boarding and preparatory schools, two in England; became an atheist at 15; attended University College, Oxford on scholarship; served in WWI; a fellow and tutor at Oxford University, where he knew J. R. R. Tolkien; served as Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University; eventually returned to Christianity; author of over 30 works of fiction and nonfiction
  • Other Works: Out of the Silent Planet (1938); The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe (1950); The Screwtape Letters (1942); Mere Christianity (1943)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit:

  • The Process of Sin, Forgiveness, and Redemption
  • The Triumph of Faith and Courage
  • Spirituality and Humanity’s Relationship to Nature

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