History Literature / TheScrewtapeLetters

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.
8th Jun '16 5:29:12 AM WillBGood
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* TallPoppySyndrome: In "Screwtape Proposes a Toast", Screwtape expounds upon this phenomenon in education, drawing attention to the fact that, in the original story that gave the phenomenon its name, it was a ''dictator'' cutting off heads to insure that his ''subjects'' were all equal. Of course, [[VillainProtagonist Screwtape being a demon]], he thinks this tyranny of the masses is one of the best things to happen in decades. His chilling proposal is that in a democracy, there is no need for a dictator to do it. His tyranny of the masses is as follows-an equivocation of the virtue of equality will confound the belief that all people are equal in rights and dignity with the belief that all people are equal in ability and merit. Those who could excel must then be held back, especially in education, lest the value of equality is broken. Likewise, schoolwork must be made to seem equal, whether learning calculus or finger-painting, so there is "parity of esteem." In the end, those who could excel will purposefully obscure or not develop their talents in order to avoid ostracism.

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* TallPoppySyndrome: In "Screwtape Proposes a Toast", Screwtape expounds upon this phenomenon in education, drawing attention to the fact that, in the original story that gave the phenomenon its name, it was a ''dictator'' cutting off heads to insure that his ''subjects'' were all equal. Of course, [[VillainProtagonist Screwtape being a demon]], he thinks this tyranny of the masses is one of the best things to happen in decades. His chilling proposal is that in a democracy, there is no need for a dictator to do it. His tyranny of the masses is as follows-an follows: an equivocation of the virtue of equality will confound the belief that all people are equal in rights and dignity with the belief that all people are equal in ability and merit. Those who could excel must then be held back, especially in education, lest the value of equality is broken. Likewise, schoolwork must be made to seem equal, whether learning calculus or finger-painting, so there is "parity of esteem." In the end, those who could excel will purposefully obscure or not develop their talents in order to avoid ostracism.
8th Jun '16 5:23:25 AM WillBGood
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* EvilIsCool: [[Invoked]] Screwtape gives Wormwood pointers on how to make the patient ''think'' so, such as introducing him to [[InWithTheInCrowd some cool "worldly" friends]], but in reality it is very much {{averted}}.

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* EvilIsCool: [[Invoked]] {{Invoked}}. Screwtape gives Wormwood pointers on how to make the patient ''think'' so, such as introducing him to [[InWithTheInCrowd some cool "worldly" friends]], but in reality it is very much {{averted}}.
3rd Jun '16 1:00:25 PM AshWolfForever
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* FollowTheLeader: Several Christian writers have copied Lewis's conceit of an EpistolaryNovel by TheDevil to deliver their own {{Author Tract}}s, with examples including ''Screwtape Writes Again'' by Walter Martin, ''To My Dear Slimeball'' by Rich Miller, and ''Lord Foulgrin's Letters'' and its sequel ''The Ishbane Conspiracy'' by Randy Alcorn. Let's just say that none of them has come anywhere close to the success of the original.
9th Jan '16 5:30:23 PM Jeduthun
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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.

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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. \n (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!)
9th Jan '16 5:24:17 PM Jeduthun
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* BigRedDevil: Screwtape advises Wormwood to use this image as a ploy to prevent his "patient" from believing in ''real'' devils, using the fallacious argument that if "something in red tights" is obviously not real or TooFunnyToBeEvil, then Wormwood must not be real either.
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