I think that some secrets can be good secrets. most secrets are looked down upon because people are just naturally curious and don’t want to know. I think that secrets can be good when they are protecting people which are whats happening in max’s case in being in the basement because they are protecting him. In Leisels case I don’t think that it really matters that its a secret because lets be honest nobody really cares much about it. She makes a bigger deal out of the books than she needs, with the exception of the books Max is writing because those could get people killed.
Source: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown page 454
Quote: Like the murmurs of spirits in the darkness, forgotten words echoed. The quest for the Holy Grail is the quest to kneel before the bones of Mare Magdalene. A journey to pray at the feet of the outcast one.
Context: This is at the ending of the book and Robert has followed the Rose Line down into the Louvre to the little pyramid where he feels and hears the voice. It is when he completely finishes his journey and finds out what the end of the quest is and theres not much to it but that is it.
This Makes Me Think: When I first read the book I thought this was a very bad ending and it was not satisfying but now that I read it I think it is and is a perfect ending. It makes you wonder what the actual holy grail is almost making you think that it’s real and like it wants you to go figure it out.
Source: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown page 454
Quote: She Rests at last beneath the starry skies
Context: This is at the end when Robert comes to the end of his journey and I love the last few lines on this page because they are very poetic. Robert has left Sophie because she has came to the end of her journey and Robert has not he still seeks the truth and has a desire to find it and he does in the last page of the book he learns all of the secrets. He journies underneath the Rose line in France to seek his truth.
This Makes Me Think: The last few pages are very poetic and kind of mysterious and I like that it makes it feel like we don’t entirely know and lets us have our own thoughts on what “it” is and how we want to interpret it as a reader. All of the books more interesting lines are written mainly by Leonardo Da Vinci and Jacques Sauneire and it is nice to have Robert finally have some of his own.
Source: The Da Vinci Code By Dan Brown
Quote: Sir Isaac Newton’s burial, attended by kings and nobles, was presided over by Alexander pope, friend and colleague, who gave stirring eulogy before sprinkling dirt on the tomb.
Context: They are looking on a super computer in one of the colleges that Langdon lectured in and they use it to find out with keywords like pope, sangreal, knight, and etc. they use this then figure out its Isaac Newton. After they figure out that the knight is Isaac Newton they realise that it was not a Catholic Pope but a Pope as in Alexander Pope. This Agains shows the wits of both Robert, Sophie, and Jacques since they cracked it and Jacques wrote it.
Deep Thinker: I think that all of the main characters in this book are genius’s because of there problem solving skills and puzzle breaking skills too. And I think that Jacques was a master mind in almost all fields because he knew all of these things and I bet its a lot harder to make a code than to break one. Or at least it’s harder to right a problem than to solve one to me so I infer that the same would go with making puzzles and codes for people to break.
Source: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Quote: “In London lies a knight a Pope interred. His labor’s fruit a Holy wrath incurred. You seek the orb that ought be on his tomb. It speaks of Rosy Flesh and seeded womb.”
Context: This interesting poem is on the box that Jacques Suaneire hid and Robert and Sophie found trying to learn where the next clue is to this very hard puzzle. It was inside of the box in a cryptex that Leonardo Da Vinci design and then Jacques Suaneire had brought to life hiding the clue to the next part of the puzzle. This makes perfect sense to the story because it refers to an old knight that a pope buried and the popes didn’t like the knights before. Also we learn that this code is referring to Isaac Newton because he was knighted and according to the book a leader of the cult that Jacques is the leader of and was passed down. Also it talks about the seeded womb and rosy flesh which makes sense in the book but you’d have to read it to understand.
This Makes Me Think: It helps let you know how smart Jacques is and how much he cares about his beliefs that he’d make such complex codes and puzzles to stop people that don’t believe from unlocking its secrets. Also it helps us know Jacques’s personality because he created the cryptex by himself and he likes to build things, in particular Leonardo Da Vinci’s designs he made. This is also a poem that flows pretty good and must have had a lot of thought put into it before hand.
Source: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown page 255
Context: “In primitive goddess cults, the five petals represent the five stations of female life–birth, menstruation, menopause, and death.”