The Golden Compass 'And Diamond As Big As The Ritz'

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Both “The Golden Compass” and “Diamond as Big as the Ritz” deal with the theme of betrayal in contrasting ways. On one hand, Lyra tries the whole book to save Roger and in the end is his downfall, but Percy betrays John from the start and ends up dead instead. The novel “The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman and the short story “Diamond as Big as the Ritz” by F. Scott Fitzgerald involve important deceptions which result in death. Death is inevitable in the stories as it portrays the foundations of betrayal. For instance, if everyone was to live no one would have been truly betrayed or seen who the character’s true family was.
Betrayal comes in all forms and from people who you would least expect. In the beginning of the short story “Diamond as Big as the Ritz”, Percy invites John to join him at his parent’s estates for their school break. Percy deceived John by claiming that they were going for a peaceful holiday knowing that John would die, but a turn of events led to Percy’s death instead. Unbeknownst to John this trip is not without a cost and supposed to end in his death. Throughout the story, John is treated like a king, but
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In the “Diamond as Big as the Ritz” Kismine betrays her family because of her love for John, but in “The Golden Compass” Lord Asriel deceives Lyra for his own gain. Both characters feel no remorse for what they have done because they both think they have made the right decision. In Kismine’s case she did not realize that she would never see her parents and brother again, but even once she realizes it she is not that saddened by the thought. Whereas Lord Asriel never wanted Lyra to begin with and betraying her was another way to make sure she never wanted to be apart of a family. These two stories share the concept that objects and other people are more important than family. It was easier for both of these characters to betray their family because they were not the most important thing to

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