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09 September 2008 @ 11:34 pm
In the His Dark Materials multi-verse, certain characters' stories and lives parallel those those of Biblical figures. How do you think Pullman's characters relate to those Biblical figures and how do you think they are different?

As the most obvious example, Lyra is supposed to be Eve, we've been told this throughout the series. How do you think Lyra is like Eve? How do you think she's different?

And please, feel free to submit other discussion topics in the comments for further consideration, and pimp this to your friends!
alice: bk:hdm:king of the icenoblealice on September 10th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to think of more examples, but I think that if I don't post my thoughts soon, I'll forget them all.

Lyra as Eve:
I think that Pullman used the allusion to Eve to illustrate his opinion that the Fall was a significant step towards wisdom, as opposed to the downfall of humankind. It's all about ignorance (bliss) versus knowledge (power). If power is distributed, no one can collect and hoard it. Minds can be opened and people can grow instead of living in a 'Paradise' of stale obedience.

Lyra proves how this has had an impact on her life when she changes from lying and making up stories to valuing the truth. She makes pains to ensure that Dame Hannah and the Master of Jordan understand that everything she's about to tell them is true because she has a higher esteem for knowledge (even if it is painfully earned).

I wonder if Lyra would maintain 'white lies' that kept other people from harm. For example, if she knew someone was cheating, would she tell the spouse when they asked her? The truth would probably hurt both parties (but it could also free the loyal partner from their unfaithful mate). All of these ethical questions would be moot in a world of ignorance.

Asriel as Lucifer:
He is the rebellious man trying to wage a war against The Authority (although I don't believe that was his original intent. At one point, he even says that he is out to kill DEATH, not God.) We are meant to be wary of his plans because of what he did to Roger. In the end, his plan fails but he is not sent to rule over a smaller dominion like Hell. There is to be no more hierarchy. EVERYONE is to contribute to creating their own personal Republic of Heaven. I wonder if he could have dealt with that if he'd lived? He seemed to crave being the center of attention.