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The Davinci Code - Paper

  • Date Submitted: 03/08/2011 01:02 PM
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The Davinci Code was written in 2003 by Dan Brown and was turned into a movie in 2006. The book is a worldwide bestseller that has sold over 80 million copies and has been translated into at least 44 languages. That makes it, the 2nd biggest selling novel of the 21st century in any language. It combines the detective, thriller, and conspiracy fiction genres. In 2004, a Special Illustrated Edition with 160 illustrations was published. It has been extensively denounced by many Christian denominations as an attack on the Roman Catholic Church. It has also been criticized for its historical and scientific inaccuracy.
It follows a symbologist Robert Langdon and the murdered man’s granddaughter Sophie Neveu. They are investigating the murder of Sophie’s grandfather in The Louvre. In their investigation they discover a battle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei over the possibility of the truth about the Holy Grail. The book explains that the Priory of Sion believes that the Holy Grail is really Jesus’ bloodline, and he was really married to Mary Magdalene and that when Jesus was crucified she was pregnant. The Priory of Sion then protects the bloodline to present day. Opus Dei has discovered this secret and plans to destroy all who know about it. The art history in this book is the Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings that contain secrets leading to the discovery of this secret. Sophie’s grandfather was found naked and posed like Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawing, the Vitruvian Man, in the Grand Gallery with a cryptic message written beside his body that is only able to be seen with a blacklight and a pentacle drawn on his stomach in his own blood. When Langdon and Sophie attempt to sort out the bizarre riddles hidden in the blacklight they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. The unraveling of the mystery requires solutions to a series of simple brain-teasers, including anagrams and number puzzles. The ultimate solution is...

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