Although most people might say that the most unlikable character in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is Eustace, I have to admit that I find him likable because we know the end of the story. If we only read the first half of the book, there would honestly be very little good to say about him. He is rude and never stops complaining. We also find on Dragon Island that he turns out to be very greedy as well which leads him into a very interesting predicament.
“He had turned into a dragon while he was asleep. Sleeping on a dragon’s hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself.”
The magic of Narnia seems to have a tendency to show things in the way that they really are, and in this case, Eustace found himself in a situation that he could not reconcile. He didn’t choose to become a dragon, and there was certainly no way that he could choose to transform back into a human.
It took supernatural intervention to strip him of the horrid dragon skin that had entangled him.
“Then the lion said— but I don’t know if it spoke—‘You will have to let me undress you.’ I was afraid of his claws, I can tell you, but I was pretty nearly desperate now. So I just lay flat down on my back to let him do it. The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart. And when he began pulling the skin off, it hurt worse than anything I’ve ever felt. The only thing that made me able to bear it was just the pleasure of feeling the stuff peel off. You know— if you’ve ever picked the scab off a sore place. It hurts like billy-oh but it is fun to see it coming away.”
We all have had issues like this in our lives even if we’ve not literally turned into creatures representative of our attitude. We sometimes do things that hurt other people, and we eventually realize that we don’t really like it. When Eustace was a dragon, he did start to act more kindly to the other people around him, but he still was not able to make the ultimate change that would rid him of his skin. He could change his behavior on the surface, and that was certainly a good thing, but he could not change the underlying problem.
We all need to meet the lion to have our most fundamental problems solved. There are problems in our hearts that we simply do not have the capability to fix. There are mistakes we have made that we are never able to reconcile. Sure, we can change our behavior and that is a good thing, but the deepest problem requires reconciliation with God. He will forgive us just as Aslan forgave Eustace, but we need to have the attitude that we want to have that old nature pulled away.
 CS Lewis, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” in The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), Kindle Locations 9847-9848, Kindle Edition.
 Ibid., Kindle Locations 10034-10039.