Symbolism and Allegory

I’ve been working through Lewis’s letters for a loooong time, with many side forays into books I discovered about Lewis, or that influenced him, and catching up on his essays in order up to the time period I’m reading about in the letters. I’m currently in August, 1940 – after Out of the Silent Planet […]

Lewis vs. Milton: Rule and Subjection Before the Fall

As I’m reading Paradise Lost and thinking about its relation to the Ransom Trilogy, one thing I’ve been struck by is that Milton puts Eve clearly in submission to Adam from the beginning, before the fall. Here’s part of the initial introduction to the pair.                                            Though both Not equal, as their sex not equal seem’d; […]

Femininity + Masculinity = Fertility

Hang on to your hats for this one, folks!  It’s a bit of a wild ride. And, please, if you’re not already familiar with my ideas, please read something else first! Good places to start would be With Hands Open, Something Like a Spear and Hands Open, or Musings on the Trilogy Theme. Maybe even […]

The Ransom Trilogy and Maturity

Most of the sets, and many reviews and articles, refer to C.S. Lewis’s interplanetary novels as the ‘Space Trilogy.’ Given his discussion of the term ‘space’ in the first of those novels, Out of the Silent Planet, I think Lewis himself would have objected to that title. He saw the modern term ‘space’ as usurping […]