The Silver Chair Literary Elements

The Silver Chair Literary Elements


Children's Fiction, Fantasy

Setting and Context

Narnia, and other fictional "other worlds", and England inthe 1950s

Narrator and Point of View

Third person narrator from the children's points of view

Tone and Mood

Adventurous and hopeful yet often foreboding

Protagonist and Antagonist

Narnia (good) and her representatives are the protagonists; the Evil Queen is the antagonist

Major Conflict

Conflict between good and evil; conflict planned by the Queen against Narnia which she plans to take over


The Prince is revealed to be Prince Rilian, son of King Caspian, for whom they were searching


The Queen stoking the fire foreshadows the enchantment spell she has cast to make the children forget any world but hers


Rilian goes in search of "the worm" which is a huge understatement as the reptile is a gigantic evil serpent


The narrator alludes to previous chronicles of Narnia including The Horse and His Boy which he says is a story well worth hearing


The beauty and glistening light of Narnia is described in intricate detail which gives the reader an image of its heavenly appearance


The birdsong is loud and overwhelming but at the same time there is an underlying silence


There is a parallel between the serpent that murdered Rilian's mother and the serpent that is the Evil Queen

Metonymy and Synecdoche

Overworlders is the collective term used to describe anyone living above ground


The fire was said to welcome them which personifies the fire and attributes a desire to be hospitable to it

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