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1 Volume Two of the Ransom Trilogy
Perelandra Volume Two of the Ransom Trilogy Joel D. Heck

2 Introduction Lewis liked this book best among all his books.
“Writing of the highest order. Perelandra is, from all standpoints, far superior to other tales of interplanetary adventures.” (John Gilland Brunini, COMMONWEAL) A Lewis footnote: Natvilcius It all began with a picture . . . . . . of floating islands

3 Influences John Milton’s Paradise Lost
Lewis’s A Preface to Paradise Lost (1942): What would have happened if instead of his ‘compliance bad’ Adam had scolded or even chastised Eve and then interceded with God on her behalf, we are not told…For all Adam knew, God might have had other cards in His hand; but Adam never raised the question, and now nobody will ever know. H. G. Wells and his Martians or Selenites Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men—floating islands Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)—green people His Norse complex Richard Wagner’s Ring and William Morris—operatic story Dante—Tinidril owes something to Matilda in the Purgatorio St. Augustine

4 Theme Theme: “…Lewis’s main theme in Perelandra…The question is …how can a totally free person, without unfair manipulation by God, spontaneously carry out what God most desires, and find herself a destiny which God fully intends” (Walter Hooper 222).

5 Themes Faith, Beauty, Pleasure, Temptation, Transcendence The Gospel
If Ransom is Christ, what is his birth, baptism, temptation, death, resurrection, and ascension? “At” vs. “Along”: She thought again, and then spoke suddenly, her face lightening. “I see it now,” she said. “You think times have lengths. A night is always a night whatever you do in it, as from this tree to that is always so many paces whether you take them quickly or slowly. I suppose that is true in a way. But the waves do not always come at equal distances. I see that you come from a wise world if this is wise. I have never done it before—stepping out of life into the Alongside and looking at oneself living as if one were not alive. Do they all do that in your world, Piebald?” (Perelandra, p. 60, ch. 5)


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