The paper tells that among a number of conclusions readers are able to make at the end of the novel, the following one may be called one of the most important and applicable in everyday life. People are advised to avoid running into extremes and always try to keep the golden mean. Making oneself too many allowances and being unable to resist temptation is a road to Hell. Absolute asceticism, on the other hand, is not suitable for everyone as well. In other words, moderation in all things should become a rule for everyone. Within the novel readers across the contraposition between absolute pacifism and extreme forms of patriotism. Both approaches, however, could lead the Patient into Hell, even though each of them could have been based on best motives, as this man could think.
In conclusion, great variety of ingenious tricks and tips offered by Screwtape in order to tempt the poor Patient show that evil may be hidden even in those inconspicuous acts, habits and thought where one would never expect to see it. Nevertheless, nobody would suspect the Patient’s mother of being a sinner. At the first sight, this is an ordinary woman, rather moderate with her diet, which other people could even respect her for. Surprisingly, she turns to be an embodiment of the sin of gluttony. It is possible to make a conclusion, therefore, that every person should be very careful with personal desires. Moderation, as well as common sense and respect towards others, should always be of high priority. ...Show more