The Reverend's uncertainty about his sermons and his vocation itself shows his failing. Kate lives with her mother, Aunt Elizabeth, in Winesburg.
Her name, like her presence, is NOT important. She runs out, frustrated that he will not understand her.
He even thinks if throwing away his chosen career and let-himself be pulled into the vortex of lust and passion. At first, he only wants to reach her troubled soul with his sermons, but he soon becomes obsessed with the image of her lying in bed.
Outcome - The outcome is that the Reverend is given deliverance, by God, and has been brought back to the right path. He cannot stop absorbing drink, filling himself with liquor.This belief is a type of annihilating of his innermost self and deluding himself to believe in what he is saying. In very much a satire style, Anderson shows the minister make Kate Swift, the object of his lust, into an icon of the church so that he can be freed of his desire for her. Copy to Clipboard. However, Seth was determined to speak with her, only not about George. Hartman deliriously runs out of the church and into the Winesburg Eagle office to tell George Willard that Kate Swift is an instrument of God and that he has been delivered from sin. Curtis believed that he had been delivered. Anderson implies, however, that neither man really has an understanding of her; she is too complex to fit a role based solely on how she functions for others. The Teacher Much of this story takes place on the same night that the Reverend Hartman sees Kate Swift naked and praying. Seth believes the answer for him is away from a small town where people know him. He blamed his wife for being ashamed of passion. That day his speech is impassioned and strong.
Kunkle, Jenn. The room in the bell tower was bitterly cold but the minister sat and waited for Kate Swift to appear.He is a successful but hardly inspiring minister without any particularly deep sense of faith. Hartman stumbles out of the church and into the street. He also notices her bare shoulders and white throat, and wild thoughts course through him. Reverend Curtis is liked by all, but he wonders when the flame of the spirit would really burn in him. One day, while she is seven years old, a drunken man staggers by the porch where she is sitting with her father. The Reverend was well liked in town because he was solemn and earnest, though he often wished he could arouse more enthusiasm among his parishioners. He wishes he were more excitable like Tom Willard or Abner Groff , men who are held up metaphorically by the narrator and recognized by Seth as models of outwardly passionate men. Finally, he gives in to temptation and sits by the window, waiting for her to arrive. This incident, too, is full of irony. He pleaded with her to be strong, to be better than man or woman, to be Tandy. Active Themes Reverend Hartman is quickly thrown into a dilemma over Kate. By tarnishing the face of religion in this manner, we further understand the broken archetypal patterns of modern man Anderson was commenting on. Seth is numb.