We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.

Darkness and Light

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

This is a running motif throughout the novel, and it corresponds pretty well to the typical light = goodness and truth, dark = bad and deceitful construction. For example, during Orlando’s carriage ride with Alexander Pope, she’s still completely enamored by poets and writers. When Orlando glances at Pope in the half-light, she thinks all sorts of outrageous compliments of Pope: boy, what a genius! Look how incredible he is! When the carriage passes under a streetlight, however, Orlando "sees the light" so to speak, and realizes that Pope is actually quite an ordinary person. She switches her opinions back and forth throughout their carriage ride – darkness means Pope is awesome, light means that Pope is ordinary. Of course, it is the latter that turns out to be true.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...