The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) The Golden Compass question

Hero's Journey?
Lona Hill Lona Dec 26, 2011 10:53AM
Do you think The Golden Compass has the qualites of a hero's journey? If so which parts do you think?

Unusual Birth- Lyra is told both her parents are dead

Call to Adventure - her friend Roger gets taken by the Gobblers


Sidekicks- her daemon(more or less), Lord Faa, Fader Coram, Serafina Pekkala, Iorek Byrnison, Lee Scoresby

Amulet - the alethiometer(Golden Compass)

Tests- learns how to read the alethiometer, Lyra gets support from Iorek and Mr.Scoresby as well as the Gyptians

Final Battle- Lyra and the Children escape and is rescued by Mr.Scoresby, Iorek, the Gyptians, and the witch-clan of Serafina Pekkala.

Flight Home- Lyra travels to Lord Asriel’s cabin with Iorek and Roger, believeing the Lord Asriel needs the alethiometer


Yes it has, even the next two books continue the hero's journey (or in this case, heroine and both hero and heroine since book 2).

About the mentors, they vary and will according to the circumstances.

A nice characteristic in a hero's journey is the protagonist's evolution.

I absolutely agree with you. Joseph Campbell would, too.

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