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The Beauty of Darkness
In a brief passage, Haroun watches Mudra the Shadow Warrior in a martial dance with his shadow. This dance shows Haroun that darkness, and the evil that Haroun believes it represents, is not always meant to oppose light or goodness even if it is its opposite. In this sense, darkness and light do not cancel each other out but, instead, complement each other. Night becomes as valuable as day, and darkness contains its own intrinsic value. What represents true evil in the novel is the hatred that Khattam-Shud has towards the Land of Gup and the Stories of the Sea.