From the Ransom Trilogy to Narnia...


In the Ransom Trilogy, then, Lewis attempts to produce a particular experience of transcendence in three ways: firstly, using Ransom as a protagonist, he takes the reader on a journey into a cosmos designed around Dantean principles in Out of the Silent Planet; then, again with Ransom as the protagonist, he lifts the reader to heights reminiscent of Dante’s Paradise using the reasoning of theology and the power of aesthetics in a fantasy setting in Perelandra or Voyage to Venus. In That Hideous Strength, Lewis tries to bring that visionary universal order down into the reality of the reader by using a split protagonist and an initially modern and ironic setting. Ransom has evolved into different archetype, the ‘wise old man’ who knows the shape of the story and directs the action.