Page #4: The Da Vinci Code

EDDIE HA

The Da Vinci Code is one of the many novels written by Dan Brown known to be philosophically and psychologically provoking. The twisted plot that takes place in a world that seems plausible yet fictional grasps the reader’s attention from the very beginning. The plot occurs in real and famous landmarks such as the Louvre, which adds on to the plausibility of the plot. Nevertheless, the Da Vinci Code delves into investigates the connections between the religious tale around the “Holy Grail” and its apparent connection to the present. Suaniere, the Louvre museum’s curator, begins the novel by leaving a code, a string of numbers, when he is murdered by a monk named Silas. From the beginning the novel is colored in such deadly schemes and a depth of secrets that governs the plot. Then Jerome Collet, a detective, calls the main character of the novel Robert Langdon. Langdon, although initially accused of the crime, begins on his journey to find the truth of the code, the murder, and the secrets of the “Holy Grail,” accompanied by Sophie Neveu, an agent of the department of cryptology and the granddaughter of Sauniere.

The novel was a difficult read. The novel’s intricate plot continued with numerous aspects overlapping over one another with endless twists after twists. I personally found the novel to be engaging at certain points because I could identify the historical monuments and landmarks that appeared in the novel, including the reference to the Last Supper, The Virtuvian Man, The Louvre Museum, and so many other allusions that the novel brought about. There were many moments in the novel where I found myself lost due to the convoluted plots, where I had no idea of which characters knew what secrets, and who shouldn’t. The third point of view perspective that limited our full understanding of the character’s minds led a confusing path for myself to read.

The novel receives considerable literary merit for its allusions and its plot that seems to connect the historical aspect of the past and the fictional aspect of the present. The plot seems well crafted, but not too clearly presented to the readers to understand at a single glance. The novel requires a close and high level of attention throughout for the readers to fully comprehend and understand the complexity of its plot. The entirety of the novel is written in the third man point of view, as mentioned above, which makes it difficult for the readers to fully understand the mindset of each and every character. It must be also noted that the novel jumps from scene to scene, and from character to character, adding onto the high level of intricacy of the plot.

Dan Brown is an American author, who focuses on thriller fictions for most of his writings. Some of his famous works include Angels and Demons, the Digital Fortress and the Da Vinci Code. A prevalent motif that seems to be implemented in all of his writings includes his tendency to develop a complex plot with intricate relationships between the characters presented. Almost always a form of code is included in the novel to provoke and uphold the reader’s curiosity and attention. Although some argue that his books are for pure entertainment and leisure, I believe that there is something deeper within the plot he seems to craft out of the real entities that exist in the real world today—a message about how the world will turn out to be, perhaps.

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