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* Given that Screwtape makes it plain that Devils are not and likely have never been physical beings, or at least, physical humans (and complains, of course, that it's an advantage that the Enemy has over them). So, why are they eating damned souls at all? Why, because they have too.

Going along with the theme of, Hell can only pervert good things, not actually make any, and that Existence is generally used as one of the above "good things" in CS Lewis's works, Devils can only exist by consuming other existences. In essence, they have rejected God, who is the ultimate provider and creator of existence itself. In doing so, they are cut off from the source of existence and, unless they parasitically feed off another creation (aka Man) they will cease to exist themselves eventually. Knowing Screwtape, if broached on the subject, he likely would whine and complain about "The Enemy" being so "selfish," and then switch gears into grousing that their Father Below was "wise and correct" to reject such a disgusting and stupid thing.

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* Given that Screwtape makes it plain that Devils are not and likely have never been physical beings, or at least, physical humans (and complains, of course, that it's an advantage that the Enemy has over them). So, why are they eating damned souls at all? Why, because they have too.

Going along with the theme of, Hell can only pervert good things, not actually make any, and that Existence is generally used as one of the above "good things" in CS Lewis's works, Devils can only exist by consuming other existences. In essence, they have rejected God, who is the ultimate provider and creator of existence itself. In doing so, they are cut off from the source of existence and, unless they parasitically feed off another creation (aka Man) they will cease to exist themselves eventually. This is also why they probably eat each other too. Knowing Screwtape, if broached on the subject, he likely would whine and complain about "The Enemy" being so "selfish," and then switch gears into grousing that their Father Below was "wise and correct" to reject such a disgusting and stupid thing.

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[[WMG: Devils need to eat Souls in this universe because they will cease to exist otherwise]]
* Given that Screwtape makes it plain that Devils are not and likely have never been physical beings, or at least, physical humans (and complains, of course, that it's an advantage that the Enemy has over them). So, why are they eating damned souls at all? Why, because they have too.

Going along with the theme of, Hell can only pervert good things, not actually make any, and that Existence is generally used as one of the above "good things" in CS Lewis's works, Devils can only exist by consuming other existences. In essence, they have rejected God, who is the ultimate provider and creator of existence itself. In doing so, they are cut off from the source of existence and, unless they parasitically feed off another creation (aka Man) they will cease to exist themselves eventually. Knowing Screwtape, if broached on the subject, he likely would whine and complain about "The Enemy" being so "selfish," and then switch gears into grousing that their Father Below was "wise and correct" to reject such a disgusting and stupid thing.

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* How is this a wild guess? It's stated in the book that devils constantly seek to devour each other as well as human souls.

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[[WMG: Screwtape intended to eat Wormwood from the start]]
He deliberately fed the poor guy subtly bad advice so that Wormwood might loose the patient and then be eaten.



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* C.S. Lewis said in a foreward that Devils, without bodies to impede them, their spiritual cannibalism is a complete form of consumption taking the whole of the poor soul within them. What Satan seeks is to consume all of creation.

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* Lewis stated that he's unwilling to share information how he got his hands on the letters, but did state in the foreword that it was easy to do so--so he ''did'' know how he got the letters. That said, somehow convincing Wormwood to give them up as an act of revenge ''may'' have been how he did it. It would stand to reason, given his refusal to divulge how he did it: ''any'' kind of DealWithTheDevil, even if it was "Give me dirt on your enemies in hell, and I'll use it against them," would be [[EvilIsNotAToy extremely dangerous]], so it would be a very good reason not to tell the public about it.

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[[WMG: Wormwood put the eponymous letters in C.S. Lewis' mailbox.]]
Lewis mentions in the foreword that he isn't sure ''how'' the letters ended up in his possession. A likely suspect is Wormwood himself, who, fleeing from Hell's authorities, decided to snatch up his uncle's correspondence and drop it off with a fairly devout Christian author above as a middle finger to Screwtape and the institutions he represented. Showing humans how Hell's sausage is made would be a good way to get his uncle in trouble when he's already on thin ice due to sharing previous correspondence with Hell's secret police.


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* That's exactly what the inhabitants of Hell would want you to think.



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[[WMG:[[TheSpaceTrilogy Mark Studdock]] was The Patient.]]

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[[WMG:[[TheSpaceTrilogy [[WMG:[[Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy Mark Studdock]] was The Patient.]]



Which is why he was better informed about the [[SpaceTrilogy Materialist Magician]] project than Screwtape.

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Which is why he was better informed about the [[SpaceTrilogy [[Literature/SpaceTrilogy Materialist Magician]] project than Screwtape.

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[[WMG: This is propaganda by God]]

Considering it tries to switch the OrderVersusChaos status to make the Hell side into an archontic pastiche, when the exact opposite happens in the Bible.



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* This would further make sense given what we know (or are told) of how devils operate. Sex is considered a good pleasure by The Enemy, and therefore something devils would not or could not engage in (assuming the angels they presumably were had some kind of equivalent form of reproduction). It makes sense that devils would prefer a particularly violent form of increasing their numbers. Dividing rather than multiplying.


[[WMG: An AuthorAvatar was The Patient.]]
* So this patient lives in war-time England, wrestles with what to believe, and falls in love with a devoutly Christian lady? Except for the "dying from a bomb" part at the end, that's pretty much C.S. Lewis' life story.





* But...he's not dead.


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* But...he's not dead.dead.
* Also, Jane did not start out as a devout Christian.



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[[WMG:In the Screwtape-verse, devils can "reproduce" by shattering.]]
It's very clear that devils can absorb each other and damned human souls, so why not the reverse process? That would mean some devils are fragments of earlier, shattered devils. This would explain how Screwtape and Wormwood can be "uncle" and "nephew" -- Wormwood is a fragment of some shattered "sibling" of Screwtape's, Screwtape and the sibling both being fragments of some earlier devil. So Screwtape devouring Wormwood is actually a partial re-assembly.

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