Out of the Silent Planet

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“Out of the Silent Planet”
by C.S. Lewis

Essay 1 (Character sketch)

C.S. Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet follows the adventures of Dr. Elwin Ransom, a philogy professor at Cambridge University, who while on a walking tour of the English countryside was drugged and kidnapped by two men, Devine and Westin. He is then taken to the planet of Malacondra. Through his travels of the unknown planet, we learn that Dr. Elwin Ransom is a very intelligent man with quick response and philosophical mind. In the first chapter of the novel, we learn that Ransom is a very well educated and intelligent man. At Cambridge he taught linguistics. This worked to his advantage, especially after escaping his captors, when he came across a civilized group of natives by the name of Hross. Ransom lived among the Hross for several weeks. Within that short period of time, he was able to learn their language and communicate with them. The author writes, “but the real revolution in his understanding of the Hrossa began when he had learned enough of their language to attempt some satisfaction of their curiosity about himself” (39). Not only was he able to master their language, but he was actually able to gather information from the different species and learn the entire history of Malacondra. In addition to this, Ransom learned that the Malacondrian society is made up of three distinctly different but equal species, each with different roles to play. He even came to learn and understand the religion the natives practiced. “He learned that the Hrossa were not specially concerned with the service of Oyarsa, as he had surmised from finding a Hross in charge of the ferry: all three species of hnau served him in their various capacities”(66). Many times throughout the novel, Ransom was able to think and act quickly in times of danger. The first example of this is when he threw his backpack, without hesitation, over the locked gate of the Rise to save Harry from Devine and Westin....
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