History Literature / TheScrewtapeLetters

18th May '18 7:47:21 PM Theriocephalus
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A EpistolaryNovel by Creator/CSLewis in which a more experienced devil named Screwtape writes a series of letters to a younger devil named Wormwood on how to successfully tempt a man, referred to only as "The Patient." Intending the book as a fairly humorous work, Lewis's goals included both reflections on the nature of evil and an effort to create a different portrayal of the Devil than the sort normally seen in pop culture. Screwtape has practically NoSenseOfHumor himself, and comes across as a sort of cranky cosmic [[GrumpyOldMan killjoy]]. At one point, this devil even goes so far as to complain that the music in Heaven is getting on his nerves -- even though he can't hear it, the very ''thought'' that they're making music at all hours bothers him (he'd prefer some nice ugly '''noise''' instead). Heaven is a nonstop hootenanny "where all that is not silence is music". Screwy's not the sort of devil who would be very much fun at a party, which is pretty much the point of the book.

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A EpistolaryNovel by Creator/CSLewis in which a more experienced devil named Screwtape writes a series of letters to a younger devil named Wormwood on how to successfully tempt a man, referred to only as "The Patient." Patient". Intending the book as a fairly humorous work, Lewis's goals included both reflections on the nature of evil and an effort to create a different portrayal of the Devil than the sort normally seen in pop culture. Screwtape has practically NoSenseOfHumor himself, and comes across as a sort of cranky cosmic [[GrumpyOldMan killjoy]]. At one point, this devil even goes so far as to complain that the music in Heaven is getting on his nerves -- even though he can't hear it, the very ''thought'' that they're making music at all hours bothers him (he'd prefer some nice ugly '''noise''' instead). Heaven is a nonstop hootenanny "where all that is not silence is music". Screwy's not the sort of devil who would be very much fun at a party, which is pretty much the point of the book.
30th Apr '18 12:05:19 AM MetaFour
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* AbileneParadox: Screwtape suggests fostering exactly this sort of disagreement. When everyone argues ''against'' what they really want and agrees to something that nobody likes, it's a great way for them all to be selfish ''and'' [[{{hypocrite}} hypocritical about it]].


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* OuthumblingEachOther: Screwtape calls this "the Generous Conflict Illusion", and notes how arguments grow much more heated when both sides argue in favor of what the other person wants, rather than what they want themselves. People are never so selfish as [[{{Hypocrite}} when they're trying to show off how unselfish they are]].
19th Mar '18 9:50:29 PM NOYB
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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," which shifted from 'particularly concerned with virtue' to 'hopelessly old-fashioned'.

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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," phase", or contradictory definitions of "real") to tempt the Patient. They're particularly proud of the work they did on "puritanical," which shifted from 'particularly concerned with virtue' to 'hopelessly old-fashioned'.
16th Jan '18 8:05:04 PM MetaFour
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* NamedByTheAdaptation: In the audio drama, The Patient is named John Hamilton, John probably comes from the main character of Literature/ThePilgrimsRegress which was Lewis’ first book after his conversion, Hamilton probably comes from “Clive Hamilton” a PenName Lewis once used.

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* NamedByTheAdaptation: In the audio drama, The Patient is named John Hamilton, Hamilton. John probably comes from the main character of Literature/ThePilgrimsRegress which was ''Literature/ThePilgrimsRegress'', Lewis’ first book after his conversion, conversion; Hamilton probably comes from “Clive Hamilton” a PenName Lewis once used.



* PropagandaMachine: Crossed with EvilCannotComprehendGood, it's clear that the people in hell, particularly Lucifer's SecretPolice, are under the belief that God is lying about loving all creation and the lie is just some sort of psychological warfare tactic. Also, Lucifer didn't get thrown out of Heaven, he left of his own accord out of protest. [[BlatantLies He just left so fast that it LOOKED like he was being thrown out, that's all.]]

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* PropagandaMachine: Crossed with EvilCannotComprehendGood, it's EvilCannotComprehendGood. It's clear that the people in hell, Hell, particularly Lucifer's SecretPolice, are under the belief that God is lying about loving all creation and the lie is just some sort of psychological warfare tactic. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Also, Lucifer didn't get thrown out of Heaven, Heaven]]; he left of his own accord out of protest. [[BlatantLies He just left so fast that it LOOKED like he was being thrown out, that's all.]]



* SatanIsGood: Well, Screwtape thinks so, but he's a very UnreliableNarrator and there's a perspective flip going on

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* SatanIsGood: Well, Screwtape thinks so, but he's a very UnreliableNarrator and there's a perspective flip going onon.
23rd Dec '17 5:53:53 AM ZarbiNerada
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* GaveUpTooSoon: It gives devils no end of amusement to persuade their patients to give up on some long, miserable, and[=/=]or difficult duty just when (unbeknownst to TheMark) an end to the trial was almost in sight.
15th Dec '17 6:33:19 AM unwell619
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* NamedByTheAdaptation: In the audio drama, The Patient is named John Hamilton, John probably comes from the main character of Literature/ThePilgrimsRegress which was Lewis’ first book after his conversion, Hamilton probably comes from “Clive Hamilton” a PenName Lewis once used.



* NoNameGiven: Several human characters--most notably The Patient--are referred to by titles rather than by their names, which implies that devils don't bother seeing humanity as individuals and instead see them as ''what'' they are (as opposed to ''who'').

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* NoNameGiven: Several human characters--most notably The Patient--are referred to by titles rather than by their names, which implies that devils don't bother seeing humanity as individuals and instead see them as ''what'' they are (as opposed to ''who''). The audio drama however averts this as we sometimes hear from the human characters themselves.
4th Sep '17 12:06:17 PM CLT009
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* ButtMonkey: Downplayed with Wormwood. On the one hand, he gets zero respect from Screwtape, bumbles just about everything he attempts, can't even make a good [[TheStarscream Starscream]] and fails in the end to make use of his senior's advice. On the other hand, he's not ''entirely'' incompetent and comes very close to successfully luring away the Patient more than once. [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny His preoccupation with World War II didn't help.]]
27th Aug '17 6:55:41 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Screwtape falls into the "doesn't have one" variety.

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* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Screwtape falls into the "doesn't have one" variety.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.



* 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.
27th Aug '17 6:53:22 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Screwtape falls into the "doesn't have one" variety.
16th Aug '17 5:47:51 PM Dante_Virgil
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* UnitConfusion: Screwtape uses lightyears as a unit of time in Letter XXII-though maybe devils and angels reckon such things differently.

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* UnitConfusion: Screwtape uses lightyears as a unit of time in Letter XXII-though XXII--though maybe devils and angels reckon such things differently.
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