C.S. Lewis's 'The Dark Toward' and the Tyrant Within
The Dark Tower is an unfinished manuscript that was nearly burned by C.S. Lewis’s brother, Warren, being saved from destruction at the last minute by Walter Hooper. Though incomplete, it has fascinated scholars such as Jared Lobdell and Jonathan Himes because of its science fiction themes and seemingly sexually explicit imagery. But is Lewis’s unfinished novel strictly a disturbing tale of sadism and sexual perversion? David Rozema offers a different reading and a purpose for The Dark Tower that contextualizes it within Lewis’s larger Space Trilogy and Plato’s Republic.