In Out of the Silent Planet, C.S.Lewis has much to say about racism and judging people based on external differences.
1. Do you think Weston's attitude toward the inhabitants of Malacandra parallels discrimination or prejudice in this country? Explain the differences and similarities between Weston's thinking and groups today who pander hate. What are some of the minorities in this country? Give examples of prejudice that you may have witnessed or read about.
In this book Ransom spends a great deal of time being afraid. What are the main fears that Ransom has? How does he face them? What does he find out about fear from Oyarsa? Why would someone with no fear be "at peace?"
On Malacandra, the hross, Hyoi, says he can't think of any reason for the three peoples of Malacondra to wage war. What might be reasons that war starts in this world...
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