The Amen Corner

What are the motifs in The Amen Corner by James Baldwin?

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Many critics have noted that one of the recurring ideas throughout Baldwin's fiction is that of love. Baldwin states in his "Notes" to the published play that the first line he wrote was Margaret's in Act III: "It's an awful thing to think about, the way love never dies!" Margaret throughout most of the play has made the mistake of substituting religion for the love of her own husband.