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The Screwtape Letters - By: C.S. Lewis

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Jay Wichlinski

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Setting An Idea that drives this novel The main characters refer to God as "The enemy" and spend their whole time trying to ruin the souls of people and bring them to Hell Theme: Screwtape: a top assistant for Our Father Below (AKA the Devil), writes letters to his nephew, directing him on how to take control of a person's soul and guide them to Hell. He is very wise and manipulative. Characters Quotes The patient has converted to Christianity and the two men working to ruin his soul think they can still bring him away from "the Enemy" Conflicts Tone The patient dies during the war in Europe and goes to Heaven. Wormwood has failed as a tempter and must be punished by turning over his own soul. Even though Wormwood is Screwtape's own nephew, he turns him over to the demons, showing his true evil. Resolution My Review Prezi by: Jay Wichlinski The Screwtape Letters 1942 in England (World War II) "There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them." (Lewis - Preface IX) Background Info "Whenever there is prayer, there is danger of His own immediate action. He is cynically indifferent to the dignity of His position, and ours, as pure spirits, and to human animals on their knees He pours out self-knowledge in a quite shameless fashion" (Lewis 17) Satire is the main way that Lewis uses this novel as a way to enlighten humans on faith and devils, as well as what they might be trying to accomplish I think it was very interesting to see religion from a different perspective. It truly makes me think that this could be really occuring in our world today. The devil has been able to ruin or take over souls in the past (Hitler) and I'm sure he is constantly trying to gain new followers today. I am glad I chose this book, as I had never really thought about religion from this aspect before. Lewis is a very good author and I think his writing style was perfect for this novel. It was also cool to read a book in a format that is unlike most others because it is composed of only letters from one person. Lewis used Hitler and WWII as inspiration to write the novel, and write on such a topic as he did. War between good and evil Wormwood: nephew of Screwtape, he uses Screwtape's guidance in hope of keeping a person from worshiping God thru Christianity The Patient: This is the human that Screwtape and Wormwood are trying to corrupt- they refer to him as the patient This quote is from Screwtape talking about God. He is sharing about how he finds it hard to believe that God would act so selflessly and for the benefit of others all the time; even for those who aren't worthy. I find this meaningful because it is so true that even God's enemies recognize his actions. We all do not deserve God's love or help but we always receive it. Point of View: 1st person from Screwtape's perspective - We only see Screwtape's letters to Wormwood and we only hear Screwtape speaking; He has much more power than Wormwood and demonstrates it especially at the end, after Wormwood fails, when he states that he will simply use Wormwood for food now, showing Screwtape's true evil. A somber tone is used throughout the book, mainly because the main characters are constantly trying to ruin souls, but also very much so when the two turn against each other and when Screwtape decides to give Wormwood over to the demons The following video demonstrates the somber tone in which overshadows the whole story. They also try and make the patient fall for a prostitute so as to disfigure his idea of love and diminish his chances at finding it "Of course a war is entertaining. The immediate fear and suffering of the humans is a legitimate and pleasing refreshment" (Lewis 22) This quote shows how much the Devil and his followers like to watch humans suffer. This, to me, says that the Devil is probably behind all major wars. The main conflict is the patient going through the many struggles of resisting temptation "My good is my good and your good is yours. What one gains another loses." (Lewis 94) Lewis shows with this quote that good in the eyes of some is actually evil in the eyes of others. What God loses in followers, the devil considers his gain.
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