The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown (part 1)

The Da Vinci Code has produced non-stop action right from the get go where a mystery has slowly took shape. It all started with the mysterious murder of a Louvre curator who was believed to be apart of a secret society which was called the Priory of Sion. They were responsible for the protection of the Holy Grail a supposed chalice who’s secrets have been hidden for many centuries. Due to this murder two individuals were summoned in order to solve the complex code left by the curator. Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor, and Sophie Neveu, a police cryptographer, determine this code as a pathway to the secrets which enshroud this phenomenon where they also find out that an unknown party wishes to find these secrets also.

So far in this novel the author has done an extraordinary job of not only describing each scene with meticulous detail and precision but also introducing the plot and each character involved with great word choice allowing for each sentence to flow. He has done this through his in depth speculation of the setting (France) where different landmarks are pointed out and special artifacts are mentioned throughout which allows the book to take on a mysterious feel where past history is explored. This allows for a more intriguing, believable story. Not only does the author illustrate the setting in a creative, interesting way but he also explains the conflict each character is going through  creatively, yet in a complex fashion. Brown does this by delving into each problem in a baffling manner always building up the tension until finally revealing it where a revelation is made which forwards the plot of the story. This just further’s my curiosity of the novel and makes me want to read more, a valuable tactic by the author.

One major theme the author establishes within the novel is the comparison between religion and modern society. He conveys this through his references of the Holy Grail which establishes constant correspondence to the church and its varying designs and also of course to Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, the two central figures of the Christian religion. Dan Brown also mentions many different religious symbols such as the pentacle which is an allusion to a goddess. These different symbols allow for the plot to progress where multiple different clues are established throughout. By embedding the novel with these different religious topics it allows me to better understand the importance religion can have on modern society which explains the desire human beings have on discovering long forgotten secrets. I am very excited for what the second half has to offer.

 

 

 

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  1. Brogan Deem-Ranzetta

    Part 2
    Overall I would give this novel a 10/10. The author not only did a good job of introducing the conflict in a mysterious, methodical way but also producing many plot twists which led to many unpredictable events and an unexpected resolution.

    One key aspect of the novel that I enjoyed the most was how the author instituted many real religious terms and geographic locations which led to many new discoveries for me. These aspects including references to the Holy Grail, Mary Magdalene, and the Vatican introduced key conflicts and made the story more realistic and interesting to hear. Also, by placing these figures as central themes throughout the novel one gains a deeper knowledge into Catholicism and its many roots and conflicts which has shaped this religion for many centuries.

    Dan Brown in my opinion made a grand decision in placing this novel in third person because it made the story even more unknowing and shocking to read thus leading to more excitement. The mystery which circulates around the death of a curator and his association with a secret society provokes an extensive interest with the novel and its main characters, Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu, and of what their actions will be in the coming scenes. I took a deep interest especially in Robert Langdon due to the way he always seemed to solve problems in a curious and attentive fashion where no detail was ever forgotten. He also proved to be very smart and cunning when it came to evading the French police force (majority of novel took place in France but included Great Britain at the end). I believe Dan Brown was able to portray Langdon in this way due to his exceptional job of using imagery to show Robert Langdon’s characteristics and also a strong introduction where Mr. Langdon’s background was immediately explained.

    Surprisingly, this novel reminds me of the National Treasure movies with Nicolas Cage as the main character. The story, similar to the Da Vinci Code, revolves around the discovery of a long lost secret supposedly dating back to the creation of the United States of America. But, this quest comes with many obstacles that the main character has to face including many different adversaries blocking his path.

    Throughout this extensive novel the author allowed for a truly engaging mystery to take place due to his references to religious figures and historical events, great character development from beginning to end, and engaging themes which allowed for a more credible and surprising plot line.

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