The novel is also full of light imagery: often, holy or enlightened beings (such as the Spirits in the Valley of the Shadow of Life) are described as being blindingly bright. In general, light symbolizes the enlightenment and beauty that Christianity provides. The enlightenment of Christianity isn’t always pleasurable—at times, in fact, it can be painful and hurtful—but in the end, it is true, beautiful, and emphatically real, and it leads human beings to salvation.
The The Great Divorce quotes below all refer to the symbol of Light. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperOne edition of The Great Divorce published in 0.).
The timeline below shows where the symbol Light appears in The Great Divorce. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the waterfall—and the Narrator realizes that what he’d thought was a waterfall is really a bright angel, who floats “like one crucified” in the air. The “Water-Giant” tells Ikey that there... (full context)