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C.S. Lewis Perelandra

Perelandra

C.S. Lewis' Perelandra

In C.S. Lewis’ Perelandra, Lewis meets a colleague who travels to another planet.  There the creation story from the Bible appears to be reenacted.  There is a Green Lady who the main character, Ransom must save from temptation.  In this version of the story, Ransom does save the Green Lady from temptation and the planet is left in Paradise.

By bringing in fact into fiction, C. S. Lewis blurs the real and imagined worlds in Perelandra.  In doing so, C.S. Lewis provides a basis for the extension of reality into his imagination. In the case of Perelandra, his Christian beliefs are extended to explore the idea of another Creation on the planet Perelandra.  Despite being almost parallel to Creation and the fall of man in the Bible, Perelandra is not an allegory for the Bible’s creation.  It is rather an argument for the possibility of another Creation, and how that idea would work with Lewis’ belief in Christianity.

Another purpose of blurring distinction between worlds with references to real events and people is in order to approach the problems of human destiny and space from a Christian point of view. Lewis suggests that there may be more out there than we know of or can even imagine.  What Lewis does best is not to present his idea with a full out ridiculous and obviously imagined nature, or to constrain himself to the limits of the real world.  What Lewis does best is give us suspicions about what is really going on in the vast unknown.

What C.S. Lewis does is not give allegories.  Lewis does not copy stories.  Rather Lewis expands upon them.  The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobeis not a copy of Jesus’ story, portrayed by Aslan.  It is rather Lewis thinking, what would that story look like in another world?

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