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C.S. Lewis

Liberty University

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A Hierarchy Of Love: Myth In C.S. Lewis's Perelandra, Joseph Walls Apr 2012

A Hierarchy Of Love: Myth In C.S. Lewis's Perelandra, Joseph Walls

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In C.S. Lewis's Perelandra, the transposed creature is drawn up into its "kindly stede" as a sacramental symbol of Christ through that fictional planet's unbroken relationship between meaning and form. Although Perelandra's "wheels-within-wheels" hierarchy may at first seem reminiscent of Catholicism's teachings on symbol, as a Protestant, Lewis believes that human beings cannot be truly sacramental symbols until the return of Christ. Lewis's optimistic depiction of a cosmic hierarchy is one of perfect love: superiors rule their subordinates with agape, and creatures who discover their submissive roles reciprocate with eros or adoring love. Every ...