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    After reading C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, I understand the different aspects of Heaven and Hell in his vision. The question is how C.S. Lewis describes Heaven and Hell in his book. Before describing what Heaven and Hell looks like, here is a brief description of the book. C.S. Lewis starts his book as the narrator, walking through the mean streets of an empty, grey city called Hell; he waits on a bus stop with other people (1-2). As he goes on a bus trip to Heaven, he encounters different scenarios that signify salvation. In the first few chapters, the narrator finds quarrelling between the passengers. The Big Man shows anger against the Short Man (2), the man bribes a woman to get ahead on the bus (3), and people envies the driver for his glowing raiment (4). These are the foreshadowing signs of sins entrapping their hearts, leading them back to Hell. For example, the Tousle-Headed Poet suffered through hardships between unloving parents, unfair educational systems, and money problems; as a…

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    that the sinful ghosts would never understand the true reality of Heaven until they released their worldly goals and selfish ambitions. When the ghosts renounced their sinful natures or haughty ideals and accepted God’s “Bleeding Charity,” as one ghost puts it, they gradually became solid. Their selfish justifications were the things holding them back from accepting heaven. Of course, this is not as simple as it may appear. People that have believed a lie their whole lives may never be willing…

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    The Great Divorce is a book filled with a series of many Christian theological ideas most of them revolving around the idea of life after death, specifically, the ideas of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. The way those theological ideas are portrayed is through the story’s setting with each location in the story representing some aspect of the afterlife. The book begins with the narrator travelling through a land that the readers are supposed to associate with either Hell or Purgatory however it is…

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    Lay theologian, C.S. Lewis, projects his own conception of Heaven and Hell most prominently in his work, The Great Divorce. Here, he depicts Hell as being a place that is not necessarily eternal, but a place where one chooses to be and has the option to leave. Lewis states, “They lead you to expect red fire and devils and all sorts of interesting people sizzling on grids… but when you get there it’s just like any other town” (53). Hell is not this fiery furnace that society often depicts, thus…

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    Monika Hilder makes “theological feminism” the lens through which she evaluates C.S. Lewis’ portrayal of women in his works. She discusses this term as the understanding that, according to Christian theology, that “the subordination of ego as well as of concerns of worldly power to the ultimate authority of divine love is liberating” (Hilder 21). Whereas in her essay “A Sword Between the Sexes,” Mary Van Leeuwen expresses her frustration with Lewis’ portrayal of “archetypal femininity and wifely…

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    The Screwtape Letters Literary Analysis The Screwtape letters is a satire written by C.S. Lewis is a classic British literature novel in which many of the themes present are still used today. The letters are about two devils named Screwtape and Wormwood who are trying to steer a man whom they call “The Patient” away from believing in Christianity. Wormwood uses techniques to sway the beliefs of the patient like pointing out hypocrisy in the church. Wormwood and Screwtape also point out some…

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    only purpose of life is to conquer other forms of life. Screwtape believes that love is the opposite of “realism,” that love is the belief that two beings can share the same needs and work to satisfy the needs. “Probably the scenes he is now witnessing will not provide material for an intellectual attack on his faith — your previous failures have put that out of your power. but there is a sort of attack on the emotions which can still be tried. it turns on making him feel, when first he sees…

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    Content Summary The book, The Great Divorce, was written in 1945 by C.S. Lewis. Lewis wrote the book as a response to William Blake’s book, Marriage of Heaven and Hell. In many ways, it is a refutation of Blake’s book; there is no marriage of heaven and hell. The book begins in a sad, dark, desolate place. The reader is led to believe that this place is hell. The narrator takes the reader throughout the streets of this peculiar place. Eventually, he stumbles upon a bus station, along with many…

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    titles deemed to him. Lewis was a former atheist but converted to Christianity after failing to disprove the Christian faith and it’s doctrines. He wrote to the goal that others would read his works and be able to make cognitive parallels between the objects in his books and the doctrines of Christianity. He combines both fable and faith to draw his audience to the greater truth that is hidden within his writings, using the strength of human imagination to draw the reader’s to an eternal hope.…

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    In both The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis writes about how humans separate themselves from God through self-deception; people convince themselves of their virtue while disguising evil goodness. Lewis views this separation from God as tragic and wants his readers to understand that only God leads to happiness (Hill, 202). Lewis first shows the consequences of self-deception through characters who see themselves as superior to others. In The Great Divorce, Lewis introduces…

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