Dust is a very important feature in the book Golden Compass. Dust is the feature that connects humans to their dæmons. A dæmons is a soul that can talk and is in the form of an animal. It sends the Dust to the human to allow the human consciousness. This being is actually somewhat of a soul that can talk and is in the form of an animal. If the bond between a human and their dæmon is severed both the human and the dæmon die. If it happens after your Dust has settled on you and you become an adult you simply become a lifeless shell. It is Dust that provides the answers given by the Alethiometer. An Alethiometer is a small, gold-colored, compass-like device that had a single use which is to tell the truth. 'Althea' meaning Truth gives its name. Dust is the entity that settles a child’s dæmon into one final form of an animal.
Dust has many good characteristics. "We've heard them all talk about Dust, and they're so afraid of it, and you know what? We believed them, even though we could see that what they were doing was wicked and evil and wrong.... We thought Dust must be bad too, because they were grown up and they said so. But what if it isn't? What if it's – "She said breathlessly, "Yeah! What if it's really good. . . " (398) Lyra comes to the conclusion that Dust must be good if so many evil people are trying to get rid of it. Dust is an arguable subject.
Dust also has a negative side to it. An example of this is… "No, no, that's the saddest thing: she will be the betrayer, and the experience will be terrible. She mustn't know that, of course, but there's no reason for her not to know about the problem of Dust. And you might be wrong, Charles; she might well take an interest in it, if it were explained in a simple way. And it might help her later on. It would certainly help me to be less anxious about her." (32). In this quote the Master and the Librarian of Jordan College are reluctant to burden Lyra, a child, with the knowledge of Dust. This is important...
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