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Light is a versatile element in literature When light is used in a setting it can help to create a certain mood or tone abundant light creates an airy or bright mood while darkness creates a dreary or depressing mood When light is used in a description it can be used to indirectly describe an object or place a light character would most likely be the protagonist or a dark house may be the site of much grief In addition to describing concrete perceptions and thereby connoting indirectly a deeper meaning light can also be used to directly symbolize many abstract ideas such as happiness knowledge or purity In Chapter V of Anthem Ayn Rand uses light to symbolize knowledge freedom and life Light serves as a symbol of knowledge in Chapter V of Anthem At the beginning of Chapter V Equality 7-2521 triumphantly proclaims his discovery of the light We made it We created it We brought it forth from the night of the ages 59 In this sense the light can be thought of as Equality 7-2521s literal knowledge This light or knowledge is being brought forth from the night of the ages where the night or lack of light symbolizes ignorance Equality 7-2521 also wishes to share his newfound light or knowledge with his brothers in order to improve their technologically backward life Rand writes We can light our tunnel and the City and all the Cities of the world with nothing save metal and wires We can give our brothers a new light cleaner and brighter than any they have ever known 60 If Equality 7-2521 succeeds in bringing the light or knowledge to all of his brothers then his brothers will not be in the dark anymore they will have the knowledge of how to make artificial light In all of these ways light symbolizes Equality 7-2521s knowledge in Chapter V of Anthem Light serves as a symbol of freedom
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