His Dark Materials | Study Guide

Philip Pullman

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Serafina Pekkala, The Golden Compass, Chapter 18 ll of us … are engaged in a war already, although not all of us know it. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Philip-Pullman.com Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Coming of Age Lyra and Will make the transition from innocence to knowledge. Destiny vs. Free Will Fate may be under our control, or it may be predetermined. Dangers of Religious Dogma Religion is often used to justify immoral actions like murder. Themes Cold, seductive, and fiercely ambitious; seeks power through the Church Mrs. Marisa Coulter Explorer, warrior, and rebel; determined to destroy the Church and the Authority Lord Asriel Brave, highly responsible, and mature beyond his years; the bearer of the subtle knife Will Parry Headstrong, loving, and courageous; prophesied to be the “new Eve” Lyra Belacqua Main Characters Best known for the controversial fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials, Pullman is an English novelist and avowed atheist. He wants readers to make their own meaning from his work rather than looking for any meaning he may have introduced. In his books is a fantasy world that readers can escape to and interpret. PHILIP PULLMANBORN 1946 Author Lyra and Will try to free ghosts trapped in the prisonlike land of the dead. The World of the Dead In the Tower of the Angels, Will and Lyra fight for possession of the subtle knife. The World of Cittàgazze Lyra rescues children destined for hideous experiments in the compound of Bolvangar. Lyra’s World With allies that include witches, angels, armored bears, and ghosts, Lyra Belacqua must travel through different worlds on a quest that will determine the fate of both the living and the dead. Her greatest enemies: the all-powerful Magisterium and its tyrannical god, the Authority. A Journey through Parallel Worlds OVERVIEW English Original Language 1995–2000 Years Published Philip Pullman Author His Dark Materials (Trilogy) Fantasy Series

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