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.