History Literature / TheScrewtapeLetters

12th May '17 5:11:10 AM Caswin
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*** At one point, briefly, Screwtape describes an oddly specific scenario of their own existence being enshrined among humans, "vaguely" and in an "emotionalised and mythologised" way, shutting out further rigor, and considers it a delightful third avenue to resolve the "cruel dilemma" between fear and up-front deals, and denying all concerned... if they can ever get it to happen.

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*** At one point, briefly, Screwtape describes an oddly specific scenario of their own existence being enshrined among humans, "vaguely" and in an "emotionalised and mythologised" way, shutting out further rigor, and considers it a delightful third avenue to resolve the Hell's "cruel dilemma" between fear and up-front deals, and denying all concerned... if they can ever get it to happen.
12th May '17 5:08:48 AM Caswin
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*** At one point, briefly, Screwtape describes an oddly specific scenario of their own existence being enshrined among humans, "vaguely" and in an "emotionalised and mythologised" way, shutting out further rigor, and considers it a delightful third avenue to resolve the "cruel dilemma" between fear and up-front deals, and denying all concerned... if they can ever get it to happen.
20th Apr '17 12:33:00 PM Jeduthun
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* WarIsHell: Alluded to, but not {{played straight}}. Screwtape admits that war has many "useful" qualities, since the vices are easier to spread when people are frightened and desperate. But on the whole he feels that war is too dangerous a tool: it brings out charity, self-denial and courage in people who would never ordinarily have shown such virtues.

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* WarIsHell: Alluded to, but not {{played straight}}. Screwtape admits that war has many "useful" qualities, since the vices are easier to spread when people are frightened and desperate. But on the whole he feels that war is too dangerous a tool: it brings out charity, self-denial and courage in people who would never ordinarily have shown such virtues. It also makes people very aware of their own mortality so they feel the need to [[HeelFaithTurn get right with God]] rather than being complacent.
5th Mar '17 11:56:02 AM nombretomado
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Adaptations of the work include a 2009 audio drama on Family Radio Theatre (with Andy Serkis, known for playing Gollum in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy, providing the voice for Screwtape) a comic book adaptation by MarvelComics in 1994, and a stage adaptation by Max [=Mclean=]. 20th Century Fox has held the film rights to the novel since 1950, but despite previous plans to partner with Walden Media to make a live action film adaptation with a 2008 release date, the project is currently in DevelopmentHell. (It's perhaps worth noting that Lewis himself considered the book inherently unstageable and unfilmable, and once advised a playwright who wanted to adapt the book to go ahead and write his own story leaving Screwtape out of it!)

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Adaptations of the work include a 2009 audio drama on Family Radio Theatre (with Andy Serkis, known for playing Gollum in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy, providing the voice for Screwtape) a comic book adaptation by MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics in 1994, and a stage adaptation by Max [=Mclean=]. 20th Century Fox has held the film rights to the novel since 1950, but despite previous plans to partner with Walden Media to make a live action film adaptation with a 2008 release date, the project is currently in DevelopmentHell. (It's perhaps worth noting that Lewis himself considered the book inherently unstageable and unfilmable, and once advised a playwright who wanted to adapt the book to go ahead and write his own story leaving Screwtape out of it!)
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.
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