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Book Report "Out Of The Silent Planet" By C.S. Lewis

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"Out of the Silent Plane"t by Clive Staples LewisScribner Classics, New York, 1996Ransom's Escape from MalacandraI enjoy the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and they are my favorite books. However, I dislike Out of the Silent Planet, because it is slow and boring. It is about Dr. Ransom escaping a planet, Malacandra, after Devine, his former classmate, and Weston capture him and bring him to Malacandra with them. I am surprised to realize the corruption of the human race. Devine and Weston wants to conquer Malacandra for the people of Earth to live in. Also, I am surprised how Ransom is an extremely courageous man and manages to escape Malacandra and his capturers Devine and Weston.Ransom is on a trip where he goes around England and lives at inns or with strangers along the way. Ransom sees a house, and Ransom finds Devine and Weston at the house after he sneaks in. Ransom hated Devine ever since they were classmates. Devine offers food and rest at his house. However, Devine put drugs into Ransom's drink. When Ransom realizes that he is drugged, he tries to escape but loses consciousness. He finds himself traveling in space when he awakens. His capturers need an additional person to bring with them to Malacandra. He arrives at Malacandra and finds that it has a weaker gravitational force, and he escapes by swimming in the water. He meets a creature, Hyoi, who is a hross. Ransom realizes that gold is very abundant in this land and thinks that Devine and Weston are there because of that. The hrossa, the plural of hross, invite him to join their hunt. They are hunting hnakra, a sea creature, and while hunting, he meets an eldil. They look like spirits and tell Ransom to go to Oyarsa. After the hunt, Hyoi is shot by Devine and Weston. When Ransom walks to Oyarsa, he encounters a sorn, another specie on this planet. Augray takes him to Oyarsa. When they reach Meldilorn, he meets a pfifltriggi. Ransom finally meets Oyarsa, the ruler of the planet. Ransom learns that every planet has an Oyarsa, but Earth's Oyarsa has turned evil and is contained only to Earth by Maleldil, the ruler of the universe. Ransom also learns that Earth's name is Thulcandra. Devine and Weston are captured and are escorted by hrossa. Oyarsa sends all of the humans back to Thulcandra, never to return to Malacandra.In this novel, it is fascinating how humans think compared to the peaceful beings at Malacandra. No race is superior to another in Malacandra while on Earth many seek power. The Malacandrians are peaceful because none of the races want to be in control of the planet. Instead, they depend on each other's qualities. The sorns are the smartest, but depend on the pfifltriggi when they want something to be built: "[None can match them in making and shaping things as none can match [hrossa] in singing." Even Ransom is surprised to find out...

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