Analysis of the Trouble of Ransom

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We are first introduced to Lewis, the narrator of Perelandra, in Worchester as he struggles to make his way to the cottage of the main protagonist, professor Elwin Ransom, a rather intelligent philologist. Upon arrival, Lewis is made aware of the constant presence of Maleldil, a supernatural being that supposedly created all the planets and those who inhabit them, as Ransom stresses his own importance in Maleldil's plan to save Perelandra from the bad eldila of Earth. With Lewis's assistance, Ransom is prepped for travel and returns over a year later, informing Lewis of his success. Lewis narrates Ransom’s tale, providing an outsider’s perspective into the Eden-like setting of Perelandra, where Ransom learns to walk on the water-like surface of the land and meets with the Green Lady, a green-skinned representation of Earth’s Eve. Despite the freedom and ownership she and the King bear on her world, she stresses to Ransom that Maleldil has willed it forbidden to spend the night on the single fixed land. Trouble surfaces with the arrival of a long lost acquaintance named Weston, who attempts to manipulate the Green Lady into disobeying Maleldil's commandment, determined to bring about the destruction of her kind. His torturous treatment of Perelandra’s creatures reveals him to be possessed by an evil, non-human force. Aware of the powerful influence of the Unman in Weston’s body, Ransom fights intellectual battles against the creature in order to dissuade the Green Lady and reveal Weston for what he truly is: the Devil himself. When it becomes clear to Ransom that he is losing the Green Lady’s faith, he loses hope in his ability to succeed in stopping the Unman. Maleldil reaches out to Ransom in the dark of the night, willing him to...

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...nd running the Unman down. The stage of “Refusal to Return” occurs after successfully ridding of the Unman; Ransom appears before the eldila and understands the equal status the Father has bestowed upon him, while keeping humility by not standing with them but sitting low to the ground on their left side, eventually sleeping for a whole year. His transcendence back home in a white coffin filled with red flowers introduces the Magic Flight back home. The Master of the Two Worlds stage involves his realizing that the worlds are not so disconnected after all; they involve similar origins and consist of the similar values, even though Maleldil’s creations are all originals with no repetition or copies; everything is not perfect, but they are originals, therefore they are perfections of themselves. This idea has concluded the Monomyth by adding the Freedom to Live stage.
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