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What is the conflict in The Golden Compass

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In The Golden Compass, the conflict of the story plays out through a struggle against a powerful and evil group, the Oblation Board (controlled by an even larger evil organization), which seeks to enact mass control over people by severing spirits from bodies. In The Golden Compass, animal familiars accompany people throughout the entirety of their lives. While there is no direct explanation of what these animals represent (though they are called daemons), many readers believe these animals are the physical manifestation of one's soul. In the story, the Oblation Board steals children and their daemons away and tortures the children by severing the bond between child and demon. Once separated, the demon dies and the child is left in a zombie-like state. Lyra Belacqua, a child whose dear friend is stolen by the evil group, leads a rebellion against the Oblation Board. Some have found Christian meanings in the Golden Compass.

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