Books I & II
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Book I – The Data

1.  Why might Lewis have chosen the name John for our protagonist?

2.  Who do the Landlord and the Steward represent?  Consider Leviticus 25:23 and Psalm 24:1.  How is the Landlord described?

British theologian Christopher Wright says in his book Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament (p. 225):  “ . . . divine ownership of the land was the foundation for Israel’s economic system.  God, as the real Landlord, held Israel accountable to himself for everything they did on and with the land.”

3.  What do you think about the steward donning a mask during parts of his conversation with John?  What about his advice to John to lie and not bother with the rules?

4.  How does John respond to the burden of the rules?

5.  If you have read Surprised by Joy, what event in Lewis’s childhood does chapter 2 remind you of?

6.  In chapter 3, Uncle George receives his notice to quit from the Landlord, in other words, his time on earth is up and he dies.  What common responses to death does Lewis depict in this chapter?

7.  Chapter 4 is titled “Leah for Rachel” based on the story in Genesis 29.  What is John tricked into accepting as a substitute for what his heart desires?

8.  What finally prompts John to set out in search for the Island?

Book II – Thrill

1.  What does Mr. Enlightenment represent?

2,  What support does Mr. Enlightenment offer to buttress his view that there is no landlord?

3.  Why did the notion of no landlord create such happiness in John?

4.  Why do you think Mr. Vertue makes up his own rules and lacks a clear sense of where he is going?

5.  What happens to John as he hears Mr. Halfways repeat the song?

6.  What does Gus Halfways (Media’s brother) represent?

© 2015 by Allyson Wieland