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Childhood, in the universe of the Golden Compass, is represented by the shifting forms of the daemons, as they only take on a single form after during a child's puberty. This form usually represents the sort of person the human is, as the daemons are the physical representations of a person's soul, and so the shape-shifting souls of children represent the way in which they can become anything. Childhood is a theme that presents the beginning of life and the innocence it brings.
The church is a powerful and controlling force within the Golden Compass, its main goal being to stop the corruption of Dust, which represents the original sin. The church of this world tries to control ideas of morality and good, all the while being a corrupt organisation itself.
Right and Wrong
The Golden Compass has many of characters who seek power only for themselves, but many characters act for what they think is right or what they believe is the greater good. Characters such as the protagonist Lyra have a purer idea of what is right, however her father is willing to sacrifice a child for his experiments and her mother, who leads a violent arm of the church, sacrifices many lives for her own goals.
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While looking for shelter, Lyra and Pantalaimon are accosted by two men who attempt to capture them with a net. Pantalaimon attacks one of the accoster's daemon, which is a fox, but is he is badly beaten. Lyra, of course, can feel the pain of the...
Lyra Belacqua is one of the main characters and protagonists in the novel, The Golden Compass. She is eleven-years-old and living in Oxford when we first meet her. Her uncle, Lord Asriel, is her guardian. Lyra believes that her parents were killed...
The Golden Compass, also called Northern Lights, essays are academic essays for citation. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.