The Golden Compass Literary Elements

The Golden Compass Literary Elements


Children's literature

Setting and Context

Alternative universe London, unclear time

Narrator and Point of View

third-person narrator

Tone and Mood

Serious, adventurous

Protagonist and Antagonist

Lyra Belacqua is the Protagonist. Mrs. Coulter is the antagonist

Major Conflict

Lyra and her friends escape from Lyra's mother, Mrs Coulter


Lyra's father kills Rodger and opens a bridge into another world.


Mrs Coulter's daemon, a vicious looking golden monkey, foreshadows her evil nature that would be revealed later in the book.




The story begins to make allusions to the bible and the teachings of the church, a mode of allusion that would become very important to the rest of the trilogy


The daemons throughout the story act as narrative imagery, each one a representation of its human




Mrs Coulter and Lord Asriel parallel each other in their actions, both putting what they believe to be the greater good above the lives of the children they harm.

Metonymy and Synecdoche



This book, the first of three, begins to set Lyra up for the new personification of Eve. She is rebellious and does not listen to authority figures in the church, who tell her that they know best.

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