December 3, 2010
The Screwtape Letters
The Author of The Screwtape Letters was written by Clive Staples Lewis (1898- 1963). He was one of the most well-known Christian writes in the world. He was also the writer of Chronicles of Narnia which is now in theaters and is one of the most popular stories in which he has written. In the story The Screwtape Letters C.S. Lewis stated that when writing this book it was not enjoyable for him to the point he said he will never write another letter. But, because this story was so powerful and spiritual, C. S. Lewis had to write another which is called Screwtape Proposes a Toast which I recommend to read. (christianodyssey)
The Plot of this book was in a form of letters by Screwtape who is a senior demon who wrote these letters to his nephew Wormwood. In the story Screwtape tries to help Wormwood approach humans and tempt them away from heaven and into the lower arches of hell and damnation. Screwtape encourages Wormwood and show him devious ways to enter the man’s thoughts and influences him away from Christian’s ways by convincing “the patient” that God is the enemy.
The theme of this story was reason and faith. C.S. Lewis main point was Christians and the way they think about the truth about life and religion. Looking for the simple truth and simple questions that should be answered but, sometimes this can be blinded by the devils manipulation to get to the soul. I also feel that this story is about war within each individual from everyday life. These are things that Christian have to deal with spiritual warfare is something that each individual human soul have to fight. It is a personal war in which its either Heaven or hell. C.S. Lewis made these things clear in The Screwtape Letters.
C.S. Lewis view point was very clear. C.S. Lewis wrote The Screwtape Letters in first person Screwtape begin the narrator. As you go through the letters in the story Screwtape is speaking to his nephew. Everything in the story is told from Screwtape’s perspective. From the interpretation through Screwtape twisted point of view. As the narrator Screwtape is very limited and unreliable with the way he thinks you could be misled. C.S. Lewis stated that “not everything that Screwtape says should be assumed to be true even from his own angle” (Screwtape p.4). Readers have to see the opposite of what Screwtape says. In order to understand the points that C.S. Lewis are trying to describe in his story. The best Example was when the patient fell in love with the girl. The ways Screwtape threw out his hatred for her in the story, and only because she was a loving sincere Christian which he hates. Just showed the ways C.S. Lewis used Screwtape view as if right was wrong and wrong was right.
When reading The Screwtape Letters thinking of the ways religion or reason for religion was brought to the table by C.S. Lewis in this story. There were examples through the story for example you could compare and contrast what type of people the patient meets in his early days when he was converting, and the group of people the girl who he loved had around her. They were intelligent and agreeable. But, for Screwtape this was a problem. “ Our causes is never more in danger than when human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished” (Screwtape p. 56). This point in the story showed how Screwtape wanted to take over and convince the patient that God was the enemy and this happen throughout the story. There are points in life where you have to make a choice; thinking about it first is something you would do first to understand if you’re making the right decisions. In The Screwtape Letters that was something Screwtape played on to get his way and try to prove that God was the enemy at all time.
My evaluation The Screwtape Letter was the way C.S....