Screwtape is an experienced demon who holds a supervisory post in the bureaucracy of Hell. He mentors his nephew Wormwood, an inexperienced and reckless tempter, as they promote the abandonment of God in their “Patient”—the mortal man they are tempting.
Though Wormwood is eager to tempt the Patient into excessively wicked and deplorable sins, Screwtape takes a more subtle stance as Lewis illustrates the often gradual road to Hell and depravity.
Try as they might, the demons become confounded by the Patient’s church attendance and marriage to a faithful Christian woman. Through this satire, Lewis demonstrates how every person is a soul for whom Heaven and Hell are constantly struggling, and that reason and goodwill inevitably lead a person to God.
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