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Northern Lights by Philip Pullman- How is tension created in the extract and how does it make the reader feel for Lyra?

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How is tension created in the extract and how does it make the reader feel for Lyra? In northern light Philip Pullman takes the reader on an exciting journey which has unexpected conclusions that catch their imagination. Suspense is built up throughout as Lyra's life is in danger. The story outlines the feelings of Lyra as she goes on the thrilling voyage. Philip Pullman has created imagery by using adjective and adverbs to give it life. In the extract tension is created and Lyra's feelings have been expressed as she worries for Roger. The extract shows the reader a bit about Lyra's personality. "En't you heard of the Gobblers?" ...read more.


"And then something else had hit her heart: where was Roger!" This sentence is very powerful as the short sentence make the reader feel as if they were Lyra. "In Mrs Coulter's flat, everything was pretty. It was full of light.... and the walls were covered in delicate gold and white striped wall paper.... it seemed to Lyra's innocent eye, with pretty little china boxes and shepherdesses and harlequins of porcelain." Phillip Pullman portrays Mrs Coulter as a very nice typical lady. He represents her flat by creating a picture of a clean, open and bright place. Lyra will not suspect a thing as she seems so nice and friendly. ...read more.


As the story continues Lyra meets Mrs Coulter who is the kidnapper. Now the tension really builds. "Mrs Coulter said "So Lyra I'm to have an assistant, am I" "Yes" said Lyra simply" Now that Lyra will be assisting Mrs Coulter the audience will start to worry for Lyra. Philip Pullman uses tension very effectively as he has created suspense right from start to the end as Lyra faces many problems. He has even used imagery to portray the mystical world. He has portrayed Lyra's character very effectively as the reader know now what her personality is like. The reader gets an understanding of how Lyra's life has been up until now. Overall the story is a nice one because the reader goes through an adventure including sadness and happiness. ...read more.

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