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The real issues in the damnation of Theron ware are not issues of religion but rather cultural issues Although the book is outwardly a novel about religion the question becomes not whether god exists but how we should live Theron becomes damned in the novel because of what he is Theron cannot be anymore than what he is a simple Methodist minister yet when he is shown another way of life he wants to enter The problems that Theron is having in the novel reflect questions that people were having on religious issues at the time There is at this point a conflict between traditional beliefs such as Methodism and new ideas Each of the old beliefs and new ideas take form in this novel through on of the characters and it is through character development especially Therons that we see the conflict being argued out and solved Though Theron is the minister throughout the book he is shown as wanting something more Even in the first scene in which we meet him he is wishing that he had received a better position in the church perhaps a better appointment in a city rather than a rural town It appears to me that the conflict within Theron is a conflict of the old ways verses a modern life The city symbolizes the new and the free while the rural town in which Theron is stuck symbolizes the traditional beliefs Just as for most of the novel Theron is stuck in the rural town he is also stuck within his beliefs Though he wants more it is impossible Theron tries to enter another way of life which is shown to him by Celia father Forbes and dr Ledsmar but when he attempts to enter this world that they exist in he is considered a bore In other words Theron would appear to be in a no-win situation Just as Theron is stuck
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