C. S. Lewis was a writer and Christian supporter. He was born on November 29, 1898, in Belfast, Ireland. He taught at Oxford University and soon became an apologist author and used a line of reasoning to support his Christian faith. He is most recognized for his fiction series The Chronicles of Narnia. All of the books C. S. Lewis wrote were very successful.
Genre, Theme, and Setting
The Screwtape Letter is a Christian apologetic, fiction novel. The time is now. This takes place in Hell and World War II. Each letter he writes is about a week apart. The theme of this entire book is temptation. There are two demons that try to destroy a man (the patient) and get him as far away from God as possible.
Screwtape is a very accomplished devil who writes to his nephew, giving abundant advice on the best ways to deprave human beings. He has successfully corrupted millions of lives, convincing them to embrace sin and thereby giving them eternal punishment in Hell. He struggles to understand God's love for mankind. He believes the only goal in life is to compete with others for power and wealth. But towards the end of the novel, he expresses his deep crave of wanting to understand God's love, and accept Christianity.
Woodworm is never actually heard from in the book because we hear about his experiences through Screwtape. He is known as a younger demon who often fails to corrupt the patient. Woodworm doesn't know of the various basic strategies that more acknowledged devils like Screwtape use to take people away from going down the Christian path. He demonstrates himself to be disloyal, unfaithful individual, wanting to report his uncle for conjecture on the nature of God's love.
I loved this book but it was definitely gives you a punch in the gut! It shows you some things you would rather not see, but it also shows how the darkness tries to take our joy away. Lewis forces us to look at the human world through the eyes of a devil. I recommend this book to Christians who aren't afraid of the truth. It is a real eye opener! In a good way though.