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    Women and the Reemergence of Eve in His Dark Materials The role of female characters in literature has gone through many transformations and radical changes. Until recently, women were often perceived as the other sex by many cultures. The remains can still be witnessed is several societies around the world. This notion obviously enabled the same view to thrive in literature. In epic fantasy, women can rarely stand alone. Many female characters’ purpose in the genre consists of the beautiful prize

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    While Phillip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, does examine the “big ol’ metaphysical questions,” – the great Miltonic questions of free will, love and obedience among others – it is also about the act and art of reading. Or as Shelley King describes it, he focuses on the “process of textual interpretation and the role it plays in the framing of metaphysical questions within a culture” (106). The fantasy worlds of His Dark Materials are as shaped by the history and interpretations of

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    Philip Pullman and "The Golden Compass"

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    Philip Pullman. His fantasies have been captivating readers in England for several years, and have been filtering there way across the pond and worldwide. Pullman was born on the 19 of October 1946 in Norwich. Because his father was in the Royal Air Force Philip spent much of his childhood traveling. His father died at age seven and he and his brother Francis were moved back to Norfolk to live with his grandfather while his mother went to London to find work. At eight years old his mother remarried

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    The Golden Compass

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    Philip Pullman’s novel, The Golden Compass, raises questions by readers due to its questionable ideas on organized religion. To craft his novel, he uses different literary elements and devises that create a fantasy story that children love, and for older readers it shows secular ideals. Pullman’s greatest strength in writing his novel is said to be the way he develops his characters (Young). To understand a character, one must first know what their motivations are and what “stuff” they have. He must

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    Pullman's first novel from the His Dark Materials collection, The Golden Compass has many imaginary and realistic modern-day aspects of the world he envisions; such as Daemons, Dust, and the Alethiometer. The Golden Compass takes place in an alternate universe with definite similarities to that of our own Earth. Slight differences, however, define this innovative and beautiful world Pullman has created for his audience. A key difference between the two worlds is the existence and association of Daemons

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    Philip Pullman, in his twist on Paradise Lost, The Golden Compass, claims that the original sin was the first, and most essential, step in human beings claiming their free will. He writes the devil (Lord Asriel) as a manipulative, selfish but ultimately admirable character. One who stands his ground and holds onto his beliefs with an intense passion. Milton’s Satan, on the other hand, comes off originally as charming, but slowly presents himself to be weak and unsure, and his ideals are eventually

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    perhaps all they mayhem could have been avoided. Being forced to submit is a perfect example of a leader misusing their power. “To adore the conqueror? who now beholds cherub and seraph rolling in the flood with scattered arms and ensigns, till anon his swift pursuers from heaven gates discern the advantage, and descending thread us down” (Milton 1.323-327). What kind of entity is God that Satan and the Rebel Angels would assume that only kneeling down and begging for forgiveness would be the way to

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    There are five literary devices used to tell a story. One of which is place. Place is used within the story to describe a location or setting. Within the book, place sets tone and is used to set narrative. Pullman’s use of place in The Golden Compass allows him to establish epic scenery within the novel. Many people will ask “what is place?”. Place is a description of atmosphere, time period, location, social hierarchies, culture, perspectives, etc to help illustrate a setting. Place can be used

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    Phillip Pullman This week I chose to read the novel 'The Subtle Knife' written by Phillip Pullman. Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. The early part of his life was spent travelling all over the world, because his father and then his step father were both in the Royal Air Force. He spent part of his childhood in Australia, where he first met the wonders of comics, and grew to love Superman and Batman in particular. From the age of 11, he lived in North Wales, having

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    a quest to find power and with out the love the two shared as friends, neither would be able to complete their missions. However, this is not to say the love and power are a perfect combination. To illustrate, look at Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel. “His hands, still clasped her head, tensed suddenly and drew her towards him in a passionate kiss. Lyra thought this looked more like cruelty than love” both are powerful in their own right, but neither is truly happy with the other. They cannot agree or

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    Paradise Lost by John Milton In the excerpts from John Milton's Paradise Lost, the reader can see the various elements of style Milton uses to achieve two different effects. His diction produces a brutal tone in Passage A, while painting an idyllic picture in Passage B. Milton's sentence structure supports his diction. The syntax of Passage A is sharp, while Passage B's is more flowing. Figurative language, especially conceit, is pervasive throughout both passages, and the poetic devices

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    A Book Review on Northern Lights Northern Lights is an adventure and a fantasy story written by Phillip Pullman in the third person. The story takes place in Jordan College, which is in Oxford. The Master rules Jordan College and the other place is in the North. In the North, armoured bears rule the ice and witches fly in the skies. These places are in another world than that we live in. In this world, people have daemons, a sort of pet, which is attached to them by an invisible force. Daemons

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    In another minuet, there would be a second line because more and more of them were coming and more behind them ..............She remembered hurling a handful of clay at a brick burner boy bearing down on her. He’d stopped to claw the stuff out of his eyes, and then townies leaped on him…..”(253). As a result, the mini war... ... middle of paper ... ...,”..... eyes nearly lost in a sea of wrinkles” (187). As a result, that metaphor lets the reader visualize what the man’s face looked like. The

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    The Power of Knowledge in Small Hands

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    The children of today are caught in the crossfire of the gender, races, and culture clashes between adults. Children are confronted with multiple competing truths and a lack of absolutes. In the media, community, and at home, there are so many opposing voices straining to sway the opinion of the youth. However, the truth is not far when you have an alethiometer, a truth meter used in Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. In a world with so many conflicting opinions, children must search for

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    The Golden Compass

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    shows bravery to me and is taking on the role of a big sister when tells the people of the group to welcome the boy as he is even if he does not have a daemon. I imagine that Lyra takes care of the boy so heavily not only because he is sad and has lost his daemon but also because she had her good friend Roger and left without really saying bye to him, so she treats him as if she would Roger. After losing Tony and seeing how much he meant to her I feel like this will play a huge role in the rest of her

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    Analysis of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman Philip Pullman’s novel, Northern Lights, offers an impressive alternative reality which has similarities with the present day, and differences too. The story starts in Jordan College in Oxford but it is an Oxford unlike ours: the technology and the culture of the people give the impression that it is set in the late 19th century. It is a fundamentally different universe in several respects - most evidently, all humans have dæmons. The main character

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    He decided to rebel after God declared his son to be above all other angels in glory and successfully persuaded one-third of God’s angels to join him in his rebellion. Together, they declared war on God and all those residing in his perfect heaven. In Milton’s Paradise Lost, Satan is initially portrayed as the hero of the epic; however, Satan soon begins transforming into various beasts, concluding with his transformation into a large serpent, making his true nature apparent to the readers. In Book

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    Lyra's Growing Courage

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    You are eleven years old, and to your knowledge, your parents died in a Zeppelin crash when you were very young, so you can't remember. You attend Jordan College, where you hear about something called "Dust". In your world, people have a pet that is the external expression of their soul. You're flabbergasted by Northern Lights, so you want to go up North to learn more about them. You receive a golden compass from the master of your school, and are told firmly to show it to no one. You find out that

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    Every single day books are challenged and banned by schools and parent organizations. These organizations and schools are taking away children’s intellectual freedom. The American Library Association defines intellectual freedom as “the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction” (Ross, Caplan 1). When schools restrict their student’s intellectual freedom that is censorship, ALA defines censorship as “the suppression of ideas and information

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    (free will) is the absence of imposed behavior. Individual freedom is obviously attractive, but when there is real freedom of choice, the wrong choice is the one that is made - such as the choice made by Satan who although he can be admired for his having dared to rebel against the norm, is not heroic for having chosen to plot against God. Free will was given to man in order to be able to choose the faith since in the absence of free will, there is no way to test faith. The more tested we

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