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The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

by Philip Pullman

Power Quotes

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Quote #10

"Somewhere out there is the origin of all the Dust, all the death, the sin, the misery, the destructiveness in the world. Human beings can't see anything without wanting to destroy it, Lyra. That's original sin. And I'm going to destroy it. Death is going to die." (21.151)

In his final speech, Lord Asriel reveals his hunger for ultimate power. Sounds an awful lot like Mrs. Coulter, doesn't he? No wonder they were attracted to each other.

Quote #11

"They are stronger than anyone, Asriel! You don't know – "

"I don't know? I? No one in the world knows better than I how strong the Church is! But it isn't strong enough for this. The Dust will change everything, anyway. There's no stopping it now." (23.60)

In the end, does Lord Asriel see himself as more powerful than the Church? While it's nice that someone is challenging the authority of the corrupt Church, Lord Asriel isn't exactly a saint. We don't really trust that he'll use his power for good either, especially after what he did to Roger.

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