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The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis is classic work of Christian literature of the modern era Not only does this book communicate many important lessons it does it in a way that is entertaining and rich in symbology This symbology more specifically the symbology of the two devils Screwtape and Wormwood will be the main topic of this paper These two demon spirits are believed to symbolize numerous things The interpretation will explore their representation of different aspects of the human mind Wormwood represents the id aspect of the mind and Screwtape is symbolic of the ego and controlling The meaning of the terms id and ego must be clarified to make the comparison Famous and revolutionary psychologist Sigmund Freud hypothesized about these two devices Freud believes that the id is the part of the consciousness that represents all of the minds basic drives and wants such as gluttony and sex Meilaender 140 These thoughts were often balanced out by the ego The ego is a mechanism that transforms socially unacceptable thoughts into other symbolic forms The ego often must force the ids thoughts into the unconscious and only admit the sanitized ideas through by putting them into the forms of dreamsMeilaender 141It is easy to fit Wormwood into the ids place Throughout the book it is Wormwoods job to put unclean thoughts into the head of the patientNoorata 68 Wormwood is also constantly regulated by Screwtape both throughout the course of the book and in the very end when Wormwood must be eaten by his fellow devils This action could clearly be interpreted as metaphorical to the suppression of the id fantasies by the ego Wormwood shamelessly feeds on any pain in the world of humans like when he states that he is delirious with joy upon the beginning of World War Two Staples 69Fitting Screwtape into the place of the ego is slightly less clear but it is still completely probable Screwtape has
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