“There was light all about him.” (Pg. 277)
“A fading light.” (Pg. 280)
The idea of light comes up in this section. On page 277, this light is all about the man and on page 280, the light fades. I think on page 277 the light is foreshadowing his death. It symbolizes the point at which the man sees everything. He sees his memories, dreams, and horrors. Then, that light fades as he dies.
“In the nights sometimes now he’d wake in the black and freezing waste out of the softly colored worlds of human love, the songs of the birds, the sun.” (Pg. 272)
“Beyond that a long concrete causeway. A dead swamp. Dead trees standing out of the grey water trailing gray and relic hagmoss.” (Pg. 274).
In these two quotes, there’s a contrast of environments. The first is much more enjoyable than the second. The man visits this place in his dream and I think it represents heaven. This shows how close he is to death. It also shows how differently the man pictures the after-life compared to present life.
What does he mean by, “He is coming to steal my eyes. To seal my mouth with dirt” (261)? Is he talking about death? God?
On page 277, the man is talking to his son about the prophets. What does it mean by, “There is no prophet in the earth’s long chronicle who’s not honored here today. Whatever form you spoke of you were right”? What did he speak?