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Writing Techniques in Out of the Silent Planet

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Techniques

As is the case with any fantasy novel, Lewis must establish verisimilitude as the work begins and sustain it throughout the narrative. He uses psychological verisimilitude, analogies, vivid imagery, mythic allusions, and an epilogue in order to gain credence. Still another technique which he employs is typical British humor, e.g., when Ransom is lost in the Malacandrian world, the narrator comments that Ransom has nothing to fear, "except the fact of wandering unprovisioned and alone in a forest of unknown vegetation thousands or millions of miles beyond the reach or knowledge of man."

The narrative technique is effective in achieving verisimilitude. The point of view is third-person, limited omniscient. The intrusive narrator not only speaks directly to the reader in the body of the story (chapters S. 7, and 9); he uses chapter 22 as an epilogue during which he tells that Ransom is not the protagonist's real name (Lewis changes...

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