Pullman

Ania theania at freeuk.com
Fri Mar 15 15:33:23 EST 2002


Well put. I suppose one could add - or recap - that innocence does not equal
goodness, and experience, evil.
Ania
----- Original Message -----
From: Alex <alex.mb at zoo.co.uk>

> The lauding of experience is, I believe a postive thing. We find it
> difficult because we can cope with our own loss of innocence but can't
cope
> with that of children. This is despite the growing experience of the world
> being entirely natural. It's about choice too. You can't make moral
choices
> when you are innocent as you are chosing unswervingly based on your lack
of
> knowledge. Knowledge both empowers and destroys. It is dangerous but using
> it wisely is true goodness because it is chosen goodness rather than being
> instinctive. This goes back to Milton I suppose. Goodness is a very
> frightening theme in Pullman as you can nevr feel sure that a character is
> good - even Lyra is flawed and quite dislikeable at first - she seemed
> almost feral. By the end, she chooses rightly but that is because of what
> she learned.
>
> I loved the God stuff to though I found it disturbing - my take on it was
> that Pullman had decided our view of God was corrupt and decadent. He
leaves
> it to us to determine whether the figure in the book is God or not but
> certainly he is questiong our conception of the God figure.
>
> I hope this makes sense - just been teaching all week and have lost all
> power of reason.
>
> Alex
>
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