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Conflicts in Different Settings95192 In what ways does setting influence the plot In Philip Pullmans novel The Golden Compass the character Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon an animal-like creature which is necessary for human survival comes into contact with different conflicts as she travels through Oxford Bolvangar and Svalbard In each of these settings she is faced with a new conflict the bear Iofur Gobblers her father Lord Asriel or Mrs Coulter her estranged mother Gobblers are people who capture children and test them for Dust The setting of Oxford is not exactly how we would picture Oxford England since it contains Gobblers and daemons While in Oxford Lyra meets Mrs Coulter a bewitched scholar and an explorer Lyra relishes the chance to explore the north so Mrs Coulter employs her as an assistant on their expedition Later on Lyra finds out that Mrs Coulter is the leader of the Oblation Board or committee of Gobblers This group captures children Lyras dad Lord Asriel and a good friend of hers Roger Later on Lyra finds out that Mrs Coulter is involved with this infamous group This creates a conflict between Lyra and herself concerning whether she should stay or go with Mrs Coulter She decides to flee in the middle of the night when she encounters two Gyptians who take her to a boat heading to Bolvanger This is a horrible place where many Gyptian children are held captive while being tested for Dust While on their journey Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon are kidnapped by hunters who forcibly take them to Bolvanger Lyra totally despises the idea of testing the children for Dust and disdains the Gobbler organization There she meets Mrs Coulter again According to Mrs Coulter Dust is something bad something wrong something evil and wicked Growups and their daemons are infected with Dust so deeply thats its too late for them But a quick operation on
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