History Literature / TheScrewtapeLetters

3rd Feb '17 11:29:46 AM Jeduthun
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* MyBelovedSmother: Screwtape wants the patient to see his mother this way, although WordOfGod cautions us in the preface that this may be [[UnreliableNarrator wishful thinking on Screwtape's part]].


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* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Screwtape coaches Wormwood how to get the patient and his mother to fight this way using a combination of TwistingTheWords and MoralMyopia:
--> "Your patient must demand that all his own utterances are to be [[TwistingTheWords 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. She must be encouraged to do the same to him. Hence from every quarrel they can both go away convinced, or very nearly convinced, [[MoralMyopia that they are quite innocent]]. ... Once this habit is well established you have the delightful situation of a human saying things with the express purpose of offending and yet having a grievance when offence is taken."
29th Jan '17 11:35:21 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* EvilTastesGood: Every devil appears to be something of a gourmet when it comes to eating the souls of humans (or their fellow devils); people who end up in Hell simply by not being good enough are bland (but numerous), while a homicidal maniac or -- even better -- a hypocritical, treacherous fallen Christian are culinary delights.

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* EvilTastesGood: Every devil appears Quite literally. Devils eat souls that go to be hell (along with [[YouHaveFailedMe devils who failed in some way]]), and they're something of gourmets about it. The more evil a gourmet when it comes to eating soul was, the souls of humans (or their fellow devils); better it tastes, so people who end up in Hell simply by not being good enough are bland (but numerous), while a homicidal maniac or -- - even better -- - a hypocritical, treacherous fallen Christian are culinary delights.
22nd Jan '17 11:19:22 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: According to Screwtape, [[{{Satan}} the Father Below]] was so disgusted with God's idea of "Love" that he decided to remove himself very suddenly to an infinite distance from heaven-he certainly wasn't [[FallenAngel forcibly cast out]] or anything like that.

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
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According to Screwtape, [[{{Satan}} the Father Below]] was so disgusted with God's idea of "Love" that he decided to remove himself very suddenly to an infinite distance from heaven-he certainly wasn't [[FallenAngel forcibly cast out]] or anything like that.that.
** Screwtape's transformation into a giant centipede was totally intentional and most certainly not a BalefulPolymorph.
17th Jan '17 11:50:47 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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** The letters do often make mention of "The enemy" and Screwtape even gives pointers to Wormwood on how to undermine them.

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** The letters do InUniverse, though, this is not the case. Screwtape often make mention of mentions "The enemy" Enemy" and Screwtape even gives Wormwood pointers to Wormwood on how to undermine them.him and his work.
10th Jan '17 11:24:28 AM LBHills
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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: {{Hell}} has a Philological Arm, whose job is to redefine words in misleading or ambiguous ways to make it easier to lead people astray with InsaneTrollLogic. Screwtape discusses using several of these words (such as "a religious phase," or contradictory definitions of "real") to tempt the Patient. They're particularly proud of the work they did on "puritanical."

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: {{Hell}} has a Philological Arm, whose job is to redefine words in misleading or ambiguous ways to make it easier to lead people astray with InsaneTrollLogic. Screwtape discusses using several of these words (such as "a religious phase," or contradictory definitions of "real") to tempt the Patient. They're particularly proud of the work they did on "puritanical.""puritanical," which shifted from 'particularly concerned with virtue' to 'hopelessly old-fashioned'.
23rd Oct '16 9:18:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* SoulEating: Demons eat the souls of other demons as well as of humans.
25th Sep '16 3:42:35 PM Goldfritha
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* EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: {{Averted}}. Hell runs on fear and hatred, after all. Screwtape's last letter is full of EvilGloating about how he and Wormwood truly loved each other--the way a hungry man loves a meal.

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* EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: {{Averted}}. Hell runs on fear and hatred, after all. Screwtape's last letter is full of EvilGloating about how he and Wormwood truly loved each other--the way a hungry man loves a meal. In his introduction, Lewis discusses how Hell manages to hold together at about the level of office politics -- most of the time.
22nd Aug '16 4:49:57 AM Jeduthun
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Screwtape commits any number of examples, most notably with love, which he seems to think is defined as "one person's good being another person's good", and which he is convinced (though he contradicts himself on the matter) does not really exist and instead is only a cover beings have for selfish motives. At one point he alludes to the other side admitting that if the demons ever came to understand what love is then the war would be over and the demons would re-enter heaven, and says that this confirms that God's throne rests upon the secret, which Hell [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove spends lots of time and resources trying to unravel]].

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: ComicallyMissingThePoint:
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Screwtape commits any number of examples, most notably with love, which he seems to think is defined as "one person's good being another person's good", and which he is convinced (though he contradicts himself on the matter) does not really exist and instead is only a cover beings have for selfish motives. At one point he alludes to the other side admitting that if the demons ever came to understand what love is then the war would be over and the demons would re-enter heaven, and says that this confirms that God's throne rests upon the secret, which Hell [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove spends lots of time and resources trying to unravel]].unravel]].
** In the preface to the second edition, Lewis recounts that when the letters were first serialized in a religious periodical, a country clergyman wrote in to cancel his subscription on the grounds that "much of the advice given in these letters seemed to him not only erroneous but positively diabolical."
11th Jun '16 3:19:21 PM Theriocephalus
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*** There's another way to read that transformation. Note how Screwtape, after admitting he has been transformed, says God (ie The Enemy) is most certainly NOT responsible for doing this to him - this could be a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial.

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*** There's another way to read that transformation. Note how Screwtape, after admitting he has been transformed, says God (ie The Enemy) is most certainly NOT responsible for doing this to him - -- this could be a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial.
11th Jun '16 3:11:12 PM Theriocephalus
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The entire book runs on this - the devils' good is our bad, and vice-versa.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The entire book runs on this - -- the devils' good is our bad, and vice-versa.



** [[{{God}} The Enemy]] has apparently made it clear to them that if the populace of Hell could begin to understand the concept of "love", then the war against Heaven would be ended. Screwtape misinterprets this as the key to outmaneuvering The Enemy-and thus retaking Heaven ''by force''.

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** [[{{God}} The Enemy]] has apparently made it clear to them that if the populace of Hell could begin to understand the concept of "love", then the war against Heaven would be ended. Screwtape misinterprets this as the key to outmaneuvering The Enemy-and Enemy--and thus retaking Heaven ''by force''.



* EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: {{Averted}}. Hell runs on fear and hatred, after all. Screwtape's last letter is full of EvilGloating about how he and Wormwood truly loved each other-the way a hungry man loves a meal.

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* EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: {{Averted}}. Hell runs on fear and hatred, after all. Screwtape's last letter is full of EvilGloating about how he and Wormwood truly loved each other-the other--the way a hungry man loves a meal.



* EvilTastesGood: Every devil appears to be something of a gourmet when it comes to eating the souls of humans (or their fellow devils); people who end up in Hell simply by not being good enough are bland (but numerous), while a homicidal maniac or - even better - a hypocritical, treacherous fallen Christian are culinary delights.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor[=/=]NoSenseOfHumor: Devils in general just don't get humor. To them it's just another way to suppress virtue and promote vice, and very much a two-edged sword that can be used by good as well.

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* EvilTastesGood: Every devil appears to be something of a gourmet when it comes to eating the souls of humans (or their fellow devils); people who end up in Hell simply by not being good enough are bland (but numerous), while a homicidal maniac or - -- even better - -- a hypocritical, treacherous fallen Christian are culinary delights.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor[=/=]NoSenseOfHumor: EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Devils in general just don't get humor. To them it's just another way to suppress virtue and promote vice, and very much a two-edged sword that can be used by good as well.



* {{God}}: The narrator, of course, thinks God is the {{Big Bad}} due to the prespective flip and calls him The Enemy.
** He also throws out the possibility that God may not even love us, and has other, probably less holy reasons why He created us in the first place. Of course, Screwtape's problem is that he's a devil-[[EvilCannotComprehendGood he can only understand things that are done for less-than-holy reasons]]. Sheer altruism like The Enemy's is not only absurd but ''impossible'', as far as he can tell-God ''must'' have some ultimately selfish reason for creating human beings.

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* {{God}}: The narrator, of course, thinks God is the {{Big Bad}} BigBad due to the prespective flip and calls him The Enemy.
** He also throws out the possibility that God may not even love us, and has other, probably less holy reasons why He created us in the first place. Of course, Screwtape's problem is that he's a devil-[[EvilCannotComprehendGood he can only understand things that are done for less-than-holy reasons]]. Sheer altruism like The Enemy's is not only absurd but ''impossible'', as far as he can tell-God tell--God ''must'' have some ultimately selfish reason for creating human beings.
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