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Lyra's Growing Courage Essay

830 words - 4 pages

You are eleven years old, and to your knowledge, your parents died in a Zeppelin crash when you were very young, so you can't remember. You attend Jordan College, where you hear about something called "Dust". In your world, people have a pet that is the external expression of their soul. You're flabbergasted by Northern Lights, so you want to go up North to learn more about them. You receive a golden compass from the master of your school, and are told firmly to show it to no one. You find out that you can read the future of specific things/events using this tool, and you are the only one that can read it. Later in the day you meet a kind looking woman who tells you that she can help you ...view middle of the document...

Her parents aren't dead, they are alive, they are Lord Asriel, and Mrs. Coulter. As Lyra learns more and finds out the importance of herself, her courage increases as she attempts to save the world.
Lyra lacks courage as she hides from the dangers of Jordan College. When she sneaks into the Retiring Room, she was afraid of being caught by the Scholars, which are the only ones allowed in that room. The author writes, "In a flash Lyra was out of the armchair and crouching behind it" (4). By describing how Lyra crouched behind the armchair, shows that she was scared. Because Lyra took action fast, indicates that she was fearful, therefore showing a lack courage. Lyra seems to have an absence of courage since she risked being caught, but vigilant.
As Lyra travels to the north with the Gyptians, she finds courage by helping a brave bear. When Lyra meets the bear Lorek Byrinson, who had his armor tricked out of him, Lyra grasps a sense of courage, and decides to find his armor and let him retrieve, having trust after consulting the aleithiometer. John Faa, a Gyptian, tells Lyra that, "'He's a dangerous rogue'" (166), but "Lyra was passionate" (166). Lyra disapproves of Faa's illustration of Lorek Byrinson being a dangerous rogue. Lyra's passionate feelings towards Lorek furthermore shows courage as she...

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