Prince Caspian Literary Elements

Prince Caspian Literary Elements


Children's fantasy literature

Setting and Context


Narrator and Point of View

Omniscient third person narrator

Tone and Mood

The tone is hopeful and light, as expected for a children's narrative.

Protagonist and Antagonist

Caspian and the Pevensie Children are the Protagonists; King Miraz is the Antagonist.

Major Conflict

Miraz attempts to take over the kingdom and kill the Narnians.


The protagonists defeat the armies of Miraz and Aslan returns


Aslan's appearance to Lucy foreshadows his later return to help the children and assures the readers that the protagonists are in the right and will be victorious.


The story takes a lighthearted tone despite it being a tale of war and betrayal.


The story takes influence from Christian historical events, as well as from the Bible. It also references many other religions and mythologies, taking creatures from Greek myth most commonly.


The most common imagery invoked is that of Christianity and nature.


The older children's reaction to Lucy seeing Aslan is a paradox, as they ignore the fact that it was their lack of belief in Lucy's faith that caused them to doubt Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


Peter and Caspian parallel each other in their idealism, causing them to clash within the story. They both represent and parallel modern Christian knights.

Metonymy and Synecdoche



The creatures of Narnia that are normal animals in the human world are completely personified, thinking and speaking. However within Prince Caspian many of these animals have reverted back to their more savage, natural state.

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