To Kill a Mockingbird

What is the significance of Lee's use of light and dark in Chapter 15?

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"Besides skin colour, Lee uses light and dark to reflect mood, tone and hope. Tom is in a dark cell. It is also dark outside. Atticus brings a solitary lamp, it represents a beacon of hope in a figuratively and literally dark time. The darkness is the ignorance of hate, and the small light is the wisdom of equality and what is right."