The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass Symbolism, Imagery & Allegory
Sometimes, there’s more to Lit than meets the eye.
Dust (and Original Sin)
Well, Dust is a kind of invisible residue. That sounds gross, like germs or soap scum or something, but Dust is actually pretty magical and mysterious. It's an elementary particle, just like the el...
Daemons are, in Shmoop's humble opinion, the coolest part of Philip Pullman's Golden Compass fantasy world. The word "daemon" is an old one with several different meanings. In Christian writings th...
Golden Compass (Alethiometer)
The golden compass, also known as an alethiometer, is a gadget given to Lyra by the Master of Jordan College at Oxford. The device is powered by Dust and can be used to gain insight into any number...
The Aurora (Northern Lights)
The northern lights, also known as aurora borealis are a glittering part of the sky that exist both in our world and the world of the novel. In our world the lights result from electrically charged...
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