The Golden Compass Themes

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Power

Power is a theme manifested in several ways in this book. Firstly, power consumes the individuals who seek it. The most obvious examples of this are the stories of Iorek and Lord Asriel, who are both banished for enacting their vengeance on another individual. Their power leads them to accidentally harm others. Secondly, power blinds those who seek it. The best example of this is Iofur Rakinson's vanity, which is derived from his power. He is easily manipulated by Lyra; this leads to his downfall. Finally, power is manifested not in the strong, but in the weak. Those who appear to be most powerful, especially Iofur Rakinson, are not powerful, whereas those who appear weak, mainly Lyra, have power beyond their knowledge.

Separation

This is perhaps the most frequently appearing theme in The Golden Compass. The kidnappings bring about a physical separation between children and parents. The plot...

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