C.S. Lewis Essay

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In the novel Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis the author makes it clear that although evil is a terribly prevailing entity it is no match for good. The novel is about the foresight into the human mind from the outlook of two demons, Screwtape, and Wormwood. He uses Christian morals and takes the opposite of them to try to condemn a young man to an afterlife in Hell. C.S. Lewis uses a combination of letters in the novel, which are addressed by Screwtape whom is speaking to Wormwood. Screwtape sounds amicable throughout but underneath there is a sarcastic force within and an illusive animosity towards Wormwood. In every letter, he scrutinizes him one way or another, towards the end of the novel it shows Screwtape’s absolute fury at Wormwoods failure when his patient dies a Christian. Being said no matter how hard he try’s to promote sin in his Patient they ultimately fail. C.S. Lewis uses the intention of the Devil versus the purpose of God for humanity to promote sin in his patient, showing how the two characters being completely different yet the two both having the same outcome in mind, and influences on distorting the imagination. Furthermore, in Screwtape Letters it is apparent that there is a war between the God and the Devil. Screwtape's letters were written as instructions about tempting, seducing and persuading the patient. Lewis states, “Your patient must demand that all his own utterances are to be taken at their face value and judged simply on the actual words, while at the same time judging all his mother's utterances with the fullest and most oversensitive interpretation of the tone and the context and the suspected intention“ (Lewis 11). Screwtape tries in any way to really lose the patient’s focus but the patient eventually becomes saved and turns to God. Not being sure what is saved yet one thing Screwtape really tries to use against him is the

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