Philip Pullman Northern Lights Themes

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Northern Lights Throughout the history of literature, many writers and novelists have written stories and novels about different topics and themes on children and their growth and development. Such stories commonly feature children in a real or a fantasy world where children as the characters experience a series of events and children usually learn a lesson from these experiences. The present writing, as an example of literary works featuring young adults and adults, looks at Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. Pullman wrote His Dark Materials which is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels consisting of Northern Lights. It follows the coming of age of two children named Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry and they wander through a series of parallel worlds.In this essay I will discuss how Philip Pullman 's novel tackles the issue of coming of Age through his rebellious character Lyra. Philip Pullman ‘s Northern Lights is a young-adult fantasy novel and is also known as The Golden Compass in North America. The story illustrates the journey of Lyra Belacqua to the Arctic looking for her missing friend, Roger Parslow, as well as her imprisoned uncle, Lord Asriel. Lyra is a young girl who lives in a world which is very different from our universe. Northern Lights is a great example of Bildungsroman (translated to novel of formation, novel of education, or coming-of-age story) which is a literary genre that concentrates on the psychological and moral growth of the

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