Out Of The Silent Planet
The Contrast of Malacondra and Earth
In Out of the Silent Planet, C. S. Lewis contrasts the utopian society, located on the imaginary planet Malacondra, with a futuristic earth. This society consists of several different species of intelligent creatures. Lewis draws many parallels between earth and Malacondra. However, earth deals with many problems that the people of Malacondra fortunately never have to. Unlike Malacondra, immorality, unemployment and lack of respect are three problems that the people of earth deal with continually.
The heartaches and troubles immorality brings about on earth rip apart our society. Promiscuity hurts people in all areas of life, no matter who the offender. Families die, people lose dreams and the wounds left behind scar forever. Over sixty percent of married couples in today?s world divorce. “I do” seems to mean “I might”. In Malacondra, the hross have one female. They reproduce once and relish that memory forever. Lust does not drive them on. Mere tempting attraction or the desire for temporary gratification does not stir them to leave their true love, their mate. In
Out of the Silent Planet, the protagonist, Ransom, made many inquiries into the life of the hross. Many of the answers to his questions
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