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The excerpt by C.S. Lewis from the novel Perelandra at once captures the attention of the reader. The state of mind of the protagonist as he makes his way to a friends house at night time has been beautifully captured by the author, having also f

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Introduction

The excerpt by C.S. Lewis from the novel "Perelandra" at once captures the attention of the reader. The state of mind of the protagonist as he makes his way to a friend's house at night time has been beautifully captured by the author, having also focused on the narrator's situation and his surrounding.. The extract is full of suspense and anxiety which Lewis has tries to capture through his use of dark and perturbed imagery and characterization. The passage is extremely effective and boggles the reader's mind, as the reader cannot interpret what is going to happen next. The author's use of caps and flashback in the narration helps to convey the inevitable terror and fear the protagonist feels. The choice of words used by the author also plays a major hand in creating and maintaining the tension throughout the excerpt. The theme that stands out the most to the reader is the theme of self-questioning and self-doubt. The author's perceptible style of narration assists the word choice in creating a apprehensive atmosphere in the excerpt. Vivid feelings of dubiousness, dementia and perplexity have been expressed by the protagonist, which has helped in successfully creating the mood and tone for the setting. ...read more.

Middle

- trees glare down with 'black enmity' which is a demonstration of the fear and terror that is in the mind of the narrator where everything around him seems to haunt him. He felt that he was hallucinating, which seemed to petrify him so much, but, in reality, everything, even the things that existed, seemed to make his worst nightmare seem like a bowl full of sugar. The author has also given the narration a split personality, just like the tone and characterization where in one, he is living life as it is and taking things as it comes and one where he, with discomposure, apprehended the situation after it occurred. This is being represented by the gaps in the narration which play a vital part in the structure of the excerpt. The three full stops in line 13 (paragraph 1) signify a skip in the time frame allowing the emotions of a 'horrible surmise' to be engulfed by the readers mind. This helps fabricate an impression that the narrator's reminisce of the incident was shattered by the fear and horror he felt within. He wasn't able to recollect any detail properly other images feelings that stood out to him - ones that created trepidation in his mind and soul. ...read more.

Conclusion

The narrator connotes to, at any cost, get over with his story, skipping details, only drawing the reader's attention to the fear that is still within him. Almost loosing control of himself, his emotions and feelings obscure ' loathing and dismay'. There appears to be a physical barricade or ' wall of resistance' that the narrator feels due to his fear and self doubt that is emphasized by the duskiness of the night. A sense of suffocation and an internal fight with oneself is being expressed by the use of words such as 'fighting', 'shrieking', 'wringing' and 'shouting', which imparts agitation and distraught. The narrator reacts violently to even the smallest exposure; his fear gets the better of him, as he 'somehow or other' makes his way to the doorstep of Ransom's house. He imagines some sort of an escape behind the walls of the cottage, which further exemplifies his want and need to get away from the fearful situation he is caught in. The excerpt's structure is based on the motif of the narrator's mind and the ay it culminates the fear and finally climaxes with the narrator loosing all control of himself and finally letting go. As the beginning part of the passage indicates and focuses mainly on the protagonist's derangement, the later half focuses on its progressive decent. ...read more.

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