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The conflict of a plot is the major problem experienced by the protagonist. In this novel, the major problem for Langdon and Sophie is trying to uncover the clues left by Jacques Saunière.
The protagonist of a story is the main character who traditionally undergoes some sort of change. He or she must usually overcome some opposing force. The balance of female/male, yin/yang, chalice/blade is carried through in Brown’s characters. Sophie and Langdon are both the protagonists of this plot. They work together to uncover the clues about the Grail and Sophie’s family. They could not overcome this challenge separately.
The antagonist of a story is the character that provides an obstacle for the protagonist. The antagonist of this plot is Lee Teabing, or the Teacher.
The climax of a plot is the major turning point that allows the protagonist to resolve the conflict. In this novel the climax occurs when Teabing holds Langdon and Sophie at gunpoint in Westminster Abbey. Langdon and Sophie learn who is behind the murders, refuse to help Teabing, and solve the riddle. Moreover, Fache captures Teabing and Sophie and Langdon are free to find the Grail.
The outcome, resolution, or denouement occurs in the final chapters when Sophie learns the truth about her family and Langdon and Marie discuss why the Grail should never be revealed. The search has ended with satisfying results.