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Screwtape Letters, A Character Analysis

Summary: Compares and contrasts Screwtape and Wormwood, the two main characters in the C.S. Lewis story, the Screwtape Letters. Provides a brief plot summary.
In a thrilling book by C.S. Lewis, the author takes the reader on a compelling ride in which he shows how evil fights against good. The Screwtape Letters focuses on Screwtape, the teacher and Wormwood, the apprentice. The two characters are completely different; in age, skill, and experience. Yet the two both have the same outcome in mind, to steal souls from God.

Just coming out of school, Wormwood is still very inexperienced. In one letter Screwtape sends to his nephew, he states: "The contempous way in which you use gluttony as a means of catching souls, in your last letter, shows only your ignorance" (97). Being Wormwoods first case, Screwtape write letters to him, giving him advise and helping him along. Many times in the story Wormwoods ignorance and whiftyness is shown. Screwtape doesn't just counsel him, but he also grows in patience and love for his apprentice. At the end of the book, when Wormwood fails his mission, Screwtape responds in a loving way: "My dear, my very dear, Wormwood, my poppet, my pigsnie...my love for you and your love for me are as like two peas" (109). Even though they start out as opposites, they come together to support each other.

Wormwood is still very ignorant in the manipulation process. Screwtape, on the other hand, is very wise and experienced. Throughout the book Screwtapes patience is tested: "I sometimes wonder if you think you have been sent into this world for your own amusement" (Lewis 106). Each letter that Screwtape receives produces a new problem to solve, and more patience is needed. Although Screwtape has a lot of good advise, Wormwood doesn't always use it, being to proud to admit needing help: "So! Your man is in love-and in the worst kind possibly have fallen into- and with a girl who does not even appear in the report you sent me" (82). This being after his Screwtape told him to keep his patient away from love.

In conclusion, C.S. Lewis shows how evil fights against good. The reader sees how demons manipulate our lives and how Christians can counter act the attacks.

The two characters in the story represent two demons attacking Christian lives, and how these two demons are completely different.

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