Notes on Circe
So thus far, the primary appearances of light have been doing some rather interesting things. For one, lamps are everywhere. Previously we’ve had much more natural light, but this part is dominated by artificial glow. Especially in the opening pages, light and lamps in particular create an almost spooky feel, much like a carnival after dark. Thus, light is not working to clarify or make safe, but rather to create an atmosphere of uncertainty.
I’m toying with a newish idea in terms of how light represents the characters. Thus far, I have identified:
Bloom = dark
Stephen = shadow
Molly = moon
Boylan = sun
As far as who is actually “light,” I have yet to determine this.