Books III & IV
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Book III – Through Darkest Zeitgeistheim

1.  Various citizens of Eschropolis perform musical numbers to help John wash away the romanticism from the Halfways.  Victoriana in chapter 1 represents poet Edith Sitwell.  Phally in chapter 2 represents D. H. Lawrence.  Glugly in chapter 3 represents Gertrude Stein or James Joyce in literature or Dadaism in art.  What is John’s response to each performance?  How do the Clevers respond to John?

2.  What reason does Mr. Mammon proffer for not giving John bread?  What is Mammon’s relationship to the Clevers?

3.  Sigismund Enlightenment refers to Sigmund Freud.  How does Lewis portray Freud’s wish fulfillment and reductionism?

4.  In the last paragraph of The Abolition of Man, Lewis says that “If you see through everything, then everything is transparent. . . . To ‘see through’ all things is the same as not to see.”  In chapter 7 the giant’s eyes make objects transparent.  John sees a cellmate, not as a human being, but as a collection of organs and tissue.  Where does such reductionism lead one?

5.  The jailor puts a model prisoner, Master Parrot, through his catechisms as an example to John.  What is the common element in each of Master Parrot’s answers?

6.  Who slays the giant and how?

Book IV – Back to the Road

1.  Reason explains to John her third riddle.  What flaws does she see in the science conducted in the giant’s country?  Can you guess the name of Reason and Philosophy and Theology’s father?

2.  Using Riddle 1, how does Reason help John understand the inwards of his cellmates that he viewed while in prison?

3.  Reason explains Riddle 2 to John and he laughs so hard the chains fall off his wrists.  How can the doctrine of wish fulfillment support both theism and atheism?

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