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The exposition of a plot is the place where the reader is introduced to the main characters and any important information to understand what is presently occurring. The first twenty chapters of this novel are its exposition. In these chapters, we meet the major characters and learn their backgrounds. We also learn the major conflict Sophie and Langdon will confront is uncovering the clues left by Saunière about the Grail.
Rising action is the action that will lead to the climax (or the major turning point in the plot). In this novel the rising action is everything that happens before the police capture Teabing. This includes eluding the police, traveling to London, Teabing’s “kidnapping,” and uncovering the passwords.
The climax is the point in the plot where something happens to change the course of action of the main character. It is a decisive moment that will determine the outcome of the plot. The climax occurs when the police apprehend Teabing at Westminster Abbey. This is the major turning point in the plot because it allows Sophie and Langdon to resolve their major conflict without Teabing or the police interfering.
The outcome of the plot is when resolution occurs. The outcome in this novel occurs at Marie’s house. Here Sophie and Langdon have successfully answered most of Saunière’s riddles. Sophie learns the truth about her family and Langdon is content to let the mystery of the Grail rest.
Mystery and Wonderment That Serve Our Souls
The major theme of this novel is expressed in a quotation by Marie Chauvel in the resolution. In this statement Marie refers to the mystery and wonderment of the Grail that serve people’s souls. However, this message is also applied to religion throughout the novel. In this conversation, Marie explains that the Priory never intended to release the Sangreal documents. Marie discusses how men are driven by the mystery of the Grail.
Similarly, Langdon expresses earlier to Sophie that he does not believe the Grail documents should be released to prove religious beliefs wrong because many people are driven by faith in their religion. The real facts do not matter. Langdon’s Mickey Mouse watch symbolizes this idea. For example, people tell their children fairytales because of the mystery and wonderment it produces for them. Langdon believes religion is like a fairytale; Marie believes the Grail is like a fairytale. Langdon believes these fairytales (or metaphors) only become dangerous when we start believing them literally.
Third person, omniscient. The story is told by an anonymous narrator who has access to the thoughts of the characters.
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