The Screwtape Letters Setting & Symbolism

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The War

The European War is the backdrop for the spiritual war being fought over each individual soul. The war affects the patient quite a bit, as he is anxious about it, is eventually called to serve in it, and indeed dies in it. It is repeatedly said by Screwtape, however, that war is only interesting in how it affects a human soul for good or evil.

The Wine

The wine Screwtape proposes a toast with is composed of Christians who hated each other in life for their differences in ritual and practice. It is used perhaps as a counter-symbol to communion wine, which stresses unity and being one with Christ and with one another as fellow believers. This devilish wine is the essence of disunity between Christians.

Hell

Hell is depicted as a "Lowerarchy" and a bureaucracy. It is also depicted as Nothingness and a place of...

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