Usage of Symbolism in The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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Symbolism is an artistic and poetic movement or style using symbolic images and indirect suggestion to express mystical ideas, emotions, and states of mind. In the movie “The Da Vinci Code” there were many, many symbols. Symbols can take different forms. Generally, it is an object representing another, to give an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant. Red Hair can be considered a symbol because of how many times it appears in the movie. Sophie Neveu’s red hair, mentioned at the beginning of the text, is foreshadowing. When Langdon first sees Sophie, he calls her hair “burgundy” and thinks her confidence and health is attractive. He compares her to the blonde girls at Harvard who his students lust. Later, at Teabing’s chateau, Teabing shows Sophie that Mary Magdalene is depicted with red hair in “The Last Supper”. Langdon also thinks Ariel’s red hair in “The Little Mermaid” is evidence that Disney intended his movie to be associated with the story of Magdalene. By the end of the novel, when Sophie’s brother gives a tour of the Rosslyn Chapel and his hair is described as “strawberry blonde,” we understand that Sophie and her brother are of Mary Magdalene’s bloodline.

Blood can be another symbol. Blood stands for truth and enlightenment in “The Da Vinci Code”. Saunière draws a pentacle (a symbol of the church’s intention to cover up the true history of the world) on his stomach in his own blood. Sophie realizes that her grandfather has left a message for her on the Mona Lisa because a drop of his blood remains on the floor. Teabing spies a trickle of blood on Silas’ leg, which he takes to mean that Silas has a “cilice” (a barbed punishment belt) on his thigh, and disables him by hitting him there. Silas himself had thought of blood as truth in a different way. For Silas, blood means cleansing of impurities. And at the very end of the novel, the discovery that the blood of Mary Magdalene running through Sophie and her brother’s veins proves that the story of the Grail is true. In a novel that spends a lot of time interpreting ancient symbols like the pentacle, the chalice, and the rose, the cell phone might seem unimportant. But the cell phone symbolizes the fact that in the “modern world”, secrets are both harder and easier to keep. Teabing conceals his identity as the teacher by using cell phones to communicate with his unknowing allies. Once, he even speaks to Silas from the back of the limousine while Silas is in the front, concealing his identity while only feet away. At the same time, however, the characters are often worried about their cell phone use being traced. Fache, for example, at one point figures out that Sophie has tipped Langdon off by looking up her phone number, which is stored in his cell phone, and finding that it matches the number Sophie gave Langdon as the American Embassy’s number.

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