The Shaytan is a clever being. His voice is soothing and full of song. To the faint hearted, one whisper is enticing and all that is needed. But to those who show restraint and their hearts are hard to the attack, he constantly and patiently lingers at the corner of his victims heart, speaking softly and in a genial tone until the voice of a friend and the voice of a sworn enemy cannot be distinguished.

The Lord of the Rings is filled with this exact symbolism in the shape of Saruman. Here in an excerpt from Book 2: The Voice of Saruman:

Suddenly another voice spoke, low and melodious, its very sound an enchantment. Those who listened unwarily to that voice could seldom report the words that they heard; and if they did, they wondered, for little power remained in them. Mostly they remembered only that it was a…

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