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Although various biblical allusions appear in many novels most are not easily interpreted In order for a reader to be able to recognize an allusion they must first understand what an allusion is An allusion is a comparison to something that goes deeper than what is just stated In the novel Out of the Silent Planet there are many references to the Bible CS Lewis uses various biblical allusions throughout Out of the Silent Planet to portray the characters and setting on MalacandraOne of the first biblical allusions in Out of the Silent Planet is the parallel between Maleldil the Young and Christ CS Lewis illustrates this comparison as he elucidates Ransoms knowledge about Malacandra As Ransom spends several weeks with the hrossa he learns that everything was created by Maleldil the Young Magill 213 CS Lewis clearly used Maleldil to represent Christ knowing that Christ is the creator of all things Another analogy among Maleldil the Young and Christ is their intentions with their creations According to Magill Ransom discovered that Maleldil the Young did not create the worlds and races to last forever 215 Christs ultimate plan when he created the universe was to one day have it destroyed It is to be understood that Maleldil had the same plans when he was creating the universe The last reference between Maleldil and Christ is the meaning of their names The word Maleldil derived from Anglo- Saxon means Lord of Judgment Christopher 93 This obviously means that he was the supreme judge over Malacandra As Christ being the supreme judge one can The next allusion that appears in Out of the Silent Planet is the comparison between the Old One and God The Old One was one of the higher spirits that lived with Maleldil The Old One was described as having no body or parts Magill 213 The fact that CS Lewis described him like that is evidently because he is comparing the
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