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IMPORTANT / KEY FACTS SUMMARY
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Author: Dan Brown
Date Published: 2003
Setting: Paris, London and Scotland
Genre: Fiction, Mystery/Suspense
Meaning of the Title: “Da Vinci Code” refers to the many clues about the Grail through out the centuries. While many have secretly passed on the truth of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, Leonardo Da Vinci is portrayed as an artist who made it his focus to transmit the truth. It is also plausible to consider how Brown relates Saunière to Da Vinci, in that they were both Grand Masters and they both use clues to pass the truth to the next generation.
Protagonist: Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu
Antagonist: Sir Lee Teabing
Point of View: Third person, omniscient, anonymous narrator
Exposition: The first twenty chapters, where we meet the main characters and learn about their pasts.
Climax: Teabing’s arrest
Outcome: Sophie meets her family and Langdon resolves that the mystery of the Grail is more important than the Grail, itself.
Major Theme: “Mystery and Wonderment That Serve Our Souls”
VOCABULARY / HISTORICAL REFERENCE
Déjà vu-The feeling of having already experienced something.
Cilice - A course cloth. In this novel, the cilice is tied around the thigh and used in corporal mortification
Spartan - Bare and simple
Aficionado - An enthusiastic fan
Sepulchral - A burial vault
Neophyte - A beginner or convert
Macabre - Gruesome, suggesting horror
Draconian - Extremely severe
Sangfroid - Composed in difficult situations
Foist - Feigning genuine
Obstinate - Stubborn
Tempest - A violent storm
Apropos - Opportune
Turgid - Ornate or complex
Alacrity - A cheerful willingness