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THEMES - THEME ANALYSIS
“Mystery and Wonderment That Serve Our Souls”
The major theme of this novel is expressed in a quotation by Marie Chauvel in the resolution. In this statement Marie refers to the mystery and wonderment of the Grail that serve people’s souls. However, this message is also applied to religion throughout the novel. In this conversation, Marie explains that the Priory never intended to release the Sangreal documents. Marie discusses how men are driven by the mystery of the Grail.
Similarly, Langdon expresses earlier to Sophie that he does not believe the Grail documents should be released to prove religious beliefs wrong because many people are driven by faith in their religion. The real facts do not matter. Langdon’s Mickey Mouse watch symbolizes this idea. For example, people tell their children fairytales because of the mystery and wonderment it produces for them. Langdon believes religion is like a fairytale; Marie believes the Grail is like a fairytale. Langdon believes these fairytales (or metaphors) only become dangerous when we start believing them literally.
POINT OF VIEW
Third person, omniscient. The story is told by an anonymous narrator who has access to the thoughts of the characters.