The main characters of the book are Screwtape, a senior demon, and his nephew Wormwood. Wormwood is a junior tempter, who is facing his first assignment: Damn a young Englishman. We learned about the "patient" through Screwtape’s letters; he seems like a very ordinary person. My favorite character is Screwtape. Although he is a demon, he knows his work, ha has the knowledge of human nature and how to manipulate it. For instance, he describes the relationship between the man and his mother, while they are both annoyed by each other. He was able to put his hands on how each feels he or she is right when neither one of them is. He advised Wormwood on steps to take to influence the man in encouraging the feelings of rightfulness in him, which results a larger cap between the man and his mother. Through out the letters, they are filled with such insights. Another case is when the man started to attend church, which in Screwtape’s words is a "minor defeat". He instructs Wormwood to keep the man’s mind from realizing there is someone greater than him by having him focus on himself. As the book goes on, we could see it clearer that he could be any one of us. I saw a reflection of myself in him (which may not be a good sign). I realized I draw a cap between the people I love and myself, and where I have been focusing too much on myself.
This is a great book for those who are not Christians like me, because the theme is a little out of ordinary. It is not a love story, nor a story with a hero in it. It simply makes me think twice about what I am doing with my life, and makes me wanting to be a better person. I may not have to be like the man to live my life in prayers, but I can start with loving and helping others.