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The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

by Philip Pullman

Protagonist

Character Role Analysis

Lyra Belacqua

Lyra is the main character in The Golden Compass, the one we root for through thick and thin. As we find out, she is a part of a prophesy about the fate of mankind. As we from other books like the Harry Potter series and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, this is a big deal. She's also the only character who can read the alethiometer. Part of the reason we like Lyra, though, is because she's flawed. She has a tendency to exaggerate, for one thing. She also sometimes misjudges situations and people big-time (ahem, Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel). But she also has a big heart. Over the course of this first book, we watch Lyra grow, mature, and rise to a number of challenges.


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