Having dallied with the priesthood in the Anglican Church, he abandoned it to become a caseworker.
Soaphead’s conflicting choices in lines of work seem to contrast his misanthropic perception of the world. In fact, they show signs of ideals of protection of other people and moral correctness while his actions later in the novel seem to directly contrast these same standards of life.
The Anglican Church has for centuries been perceived as a quintessential model for many people across many different nations. This belief that those involved and part of the work done by the Church excels other beliefs' work has influenced communities across the country. One place where it has commonly been seen is in African American communities. Morrison' depicts this belief through the character of Soaphead Church, showing is ultimate desire for this perfect model of the human being. After realizing that he cannot fix the flawed through practices of proper moral choice, he reverts to a search for the closest form of perfection: little girls.
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