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Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code

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Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code Mel Gibson paid out twenty million of his own money to produce and direct the critically acclaimed movie Passions of the Christ, which depicts the Biblical account of Christ's crucifixion. The movie invited the viewers to learn more about the Christian religion and its beginnings. The book, The Da Vinci Code, written by Dan Brown, takes the ...view middle of the document...

In addition, many of the pagan symbols lost out to Christian ideologies in which case Poseidon's trident has been transformed into the devil's pitchfork and the wise crone's hat has now become the symbol for a witch. Even the Ku Klux Klan's infamous white outfits and headpieces which are symbolic of racism, hatred, and bigotry are recognized in Spain as holding deep religious meaning. Many of these symbolic meanings found throughout the book represent a completely different meaning in how these symbols are viewed in pop culture.
This book has had both a positive and negative impact on American beliefs. For starters, Brown makes specific references to Leonardo Da Vinci and his paintings. While both the Mona Lisa and Madonna on the Rocks are only used as clues in the plot, it is Da Vinci's Last Supper which becomes the main focus of the book and what many Americans have continually reviewed since the book's publication. Brown explains the historical reference to Da Vinci's affiliation to the Priory of Sion, which sets up the basis for many of Da Vinci's paintings. It was founded in 1099 AD and took on the job of hiding historical documentation that proves Jesus Christ did have a wife and that the royal bloodline has been carried down throughout the ages. When the main character, Sophie, is asked to reevaluate Da Vinci's Last Supper, she is asked to count how many men are around the table. She recognizes thirteen men; however, upon a closer look, there is actually a woman sitting beside Christ. It was believed that Da Vinci painted Mary Magdalene next to Christ. In a closer review, "note that Jesus and His bride appear to be joined at the hip and are leaning away from one another as if to create this clearly delineated negative space between them" (Brown, 2003, p. 244). This "V" shape representation as explained earlier in the book symbolic for the Grail, the chalice, and the female womb. The basis of this claim contributes to the positive impact of the book which allows more people to become engaged in the artistic side of pop culture by reexamining Da Vinci's paintings; however in a negative analysis many people begin to question both Da Vinci's creations and the Christian beliefs of Jesus. Many explanations and detail found throughout the book greatly add to the overall message of the book—that while the Christian religion may be patriarchal in nature, it is in fact...

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