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Liebo 1 Jolly ROger Mr. Perszyk Adv. English 1200/Humanities 7 April 2007 The Da Vinci Code The Da Vinci Code is a book of complex secrets, lies, puzzles and ideas that all build up to an incredible set of events. The major conflict of the book is created by the Louvre’s Museum curator, Jacques Sauniere. When Jacques is mortally wounded in the beginning of the novel, he leaves behind an intricate puzzle of clues leading the protagonist, Robert Langdon, on a sort of treasure hunt to protect the secret of Sauniere’s family and the path to the grail. “[. . .] If you and I could dig up documentation that contradicted the holy stories of Islamic belief, Judaic belief, Buddhist belief, pagan belief, should we do that? Should we wave a flag and tell the Buddhists that the Buddha did not come from a lotus blossom? Or that Jesus was not born of a literal virgin birth? Those who truly understand their faiths understand the stories are metaphorical.”(Brown 370).The path to the grail invites many unexpected visitors including Silas, a monk of Opus Dei, who is sworn to protect the Catholic religion. Silas is the student of the books antagonist Bishop Arigarosa. Arigarosa will stop at nothing to make sure Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu, Jacques granddaughter, do not find the grail. On their journey Robert
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