Essay Topic 1
Using examples from the book, explain how the author weaves the themes of power and betrayal into the story. What characters and episodes represent the misuse of power? How are people affected by this misuse? In each example, which characters try to rectify the situation? How? Do they succeed?
Essay Topic 2
Explain what a daemon signifies to a person. What aspect of the person does his or her daemon represent? Why do you think the author chose, in most cases, to give a daemon the opposite gender of its person?
Essay Topic 3
In The Golden Compass, many gray areas exist. Lyra is often confused trying to figure out who is "good" and who is "bad." Analyze three significant characters of your choice, explaining in what ways they are good, bad, and in the nebulous gray zones. Cite specific examples to support your analysis.
Essay Topic 4
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