Out of the Silent Planet

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Out of the Silent Planet

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1FeidhlimM
Nov 18, 2009, 6:51am

I was reading Out of the Silent Planet and I was thinking about the names. Weston I get. Weston vey much represents the western colonial mindset and is an arrogant man who wishes to dominate and exploit. Ransom makes some sense but I don't get why Devine was called Devine. It seems like there should be some purpose, especially given the moralising in the book. I can't believe he was just randomly named Devine. Any ideas?

2atimco
Nov 18, 2009, 8:02am

Devine... devil?

3FeidhlimM
Nov 18, 2009, 10:07am

I don't know. I don't think so. The Oyarsa says that he's not even hnau, he's just a beast that can speak because he's so consumed by greed. I was thinking was there a connection with 'divine' but I can't see any logic to it.

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