The Redemption of Eustace Scrubb

This is why I love Narnia so much: because of the redemption!

Thimblerig's Ark

Art by Jonathan Mayer Art by Jonathan Mayer

I just took my fifth grade students for a voyage on the Dawn Treader, and I have to confess something that might be shocking to those who are familiar with what I consider to be the best book in the series.

I love Eustace Scrubb.

Yes, he is irritating, shrill, mean-spirited, spiteful, and if I had I had a student like Scrubb in my fifth grade class, I would likely duct-tape him to the wall even if it cost me my job. He might just be the most infuriating young character in all of children’s literature, but God help me, I love the kid, and have for a long time.

There. I’ve said it, and I feel better.

scan0003kk6There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. His parents called him Eustace Clarence and his masters called Scrubb. I can’t tell you…

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11 thoughts on “The Redemption of Eustace Scrubb

  1. Redemption really is a common theme through the whole series. Edmund, Aravis, Eustace, Jill, Puzzle, the young Kelorman. Lewis truly knew how to write about forgiveness and mercy in a splendid way.

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    1. Indeed he did! I have always loved a good story of redemption! Especially for the ones who need it most. The story of the thief on the cross has always been my favorite bible story, and I think Lewis did a good job of replicating that sort of redemption! 🙂


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