The Journey of Lyra and Pantalaimon
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
An Inside Look at Lyra
Literary Elements Advance the Plot
Irony is also used to help advance the plot. For example, "Lyra has a part to play in all this, and a major one. The irony is that she must do it all without realizing what she's doing" (28). Throughout the whole story, Lyra has to help bring things back to order, without noticing exactly what she's doing. These are two examples of literary elements that help move the plot along.
Iorek Byrnison and Lyra
"The one thing that drew her out of her boredom and irritation was the althiometer. She read it everyday... and she found that she could sink more and more readily into the calm state in which the symbol meanings clarified themselves" (133).
"They were at dinner at this time, and as Lyra had hoped, sitting next to each other. Lyra... spent the whole meal talking to Mrs. Coulter" (60).
Pan or Praise?
Continue the Journey...
The Subtle Knife: Set in our world, Lyra and Pan meet Will Parry, a 12 year old boy living in modern-day Oxford, England. They discover that this world is mostly children because the adults have been attacked by soul-eating creatures called Specters. When Will obtains possession of the subtle knife, a special tool that allows him to cut portals between the multiple worlds, a war planned by Lord Asriel may be coming.
The Amber Spyglass: The story begins with Lyra in a drug-induced sleep. Mrs. Coulter claims to have drugged her to unconsciousness to keep her safe from the Church. In the meantime, Will is searching for her. While Will finds and awakens Lyra and travels to the desolate land of the dead, Lord Asriel and his angels try to save Lyra from the Church assassinating her.