For a word that gets so little explicit attention, love dominates the thematic undercurrent of Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction. Narrator Buddy Glass is motivated to tell both stories by his love and admiration for his brother, Seymour. At the same time, love is one of the reasons he can never accurately portray Seymour on the written page. "Seymour" deals explicitly with the consequences of such love for the artist at work. The book also deals with the ability of the detached, spiritual man (Seymour, the god-knower, as Buddy puts it) to love others. In "Roof Beam," Seymour's love for his fiancée is examined. In "Seymour," the idea of religious love – Christ's love for every human being – rises to the forefront.
Muriel and Seymour's love for each other is based on mutual self-delusion.
Muriel and Seymour's love for each other is genuine.