In class the symbolic meaning of light and darkness was questioned. Dr. Fest explained that simply thinking of light and dark as good and bad was not the best way of thinking about these two reoccurring themes. In the passages we discussed, I stumbled upon the idea that light refereed to an escape because of the illuminated path out into the Thames away from the brooding dark air surrounding London. However, I do not think this meaning continues throughout the novel. The symbolic meaning behind these two things seems to change depending upon the situation. What do you think the symbols stand for? Do you also think they change or remain the same?
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