Kurt Vonnegut uses imagery of light and darkness in various ways in his novel titled Slaughterhouse Five. Examples include the following:
- At one point, Billy Pilgrim becomes “unstuck in time” and begins to
swing through the full arc of his life, passing into death, which was violet light. There wasn’t anybody else there, or any thing. There was just a violet light – and a hum.
This passage is variously effective. Since death seems a strange and mysterious event to most people, it seems appropriate that Vonnegut should associate it with a very unusual and uncommon color of light. The light is neither white nor bright (which might make death sound comforting), nor is it utterly black (which might make death sound totally frightening). Instead, the light associated with death is purple...
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