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Archetypal View of The Da Vinci Code
Transcript of Archetypal View of The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code
has many archetypal characters, symbols, and journeys. Many of the events and characters can be related to other literary works or to society. This novel was so popular because of Dan Brown's use of archetypes, but also how he defied many stereotypes. Several characters break away from the roles an archetype would have them play, making it a new age and relatable story. The archetypes, whether they are prevalent or defied, make this story universal , but don't take away from the novels exciting twist of events.
In the beginning of the book, Langdon finds himself in a situation where the women must save the man. This happens when Sophie Neveu tells Langdon that he is in a great deal of danger because Fache believes that he is responsible for the murder.
Instead of the man (Langdon) saving the woman, (Sophie) the woman takes control of the situation to protect the man. The ritualized social behavior of women being secondary is objected by Sophie. She takes control, defying the traditional, sexist, archetypal characterization of women.
Some examples are when Sophie threw Langdon's GPS out the window, drives them through the car chase away from the police, and the many things she learned and experienced from her grandfather that help them solve the riddles.
PG#93 "Langdon decided not to say another word all evening. Sophie Neveu was clearly a hell of a lot smarter than he was."
As the story progresses, Langdon begins to represent an archetypal hero or protagonist. The main character in a story is often dragged into a situation for an unknown reason. They possess something no one else does, but are put out of their comfort zone. Langdon is very smart, but has never run from the police or had to defend his life as a murder suspect, sometimes at gun point. Sophie appears completely calm in these situations, for she is used to these kinds of events, while Langdon, the hero, is terrified.
PG#147 "Sophie cursed under her breath and kept racing toward it. Langdon felt his muscles tighten."
At one point in the book, Langdon leads Sophie and Teabing to the wrong place, thus defying the Wise Sage Archetype. This defies the archetype because someone who is a "Wise Sage" knows everything, which, up to this point ,Langdon has. Langdon has proved to be very intelligent in the information he has offered and in his decision making, but it is revealed that he too is human and makes mistakes.
PG#384 "The alter boy shook his head. 'Tombs contain bodies. These are effigies. Stone tributes to real men. There are no bodies beneath these figures.'"
The Da Vinci Code
from an Archetypal Perspective
The Da Vinci
Code is filled with examples of archetypes keeping the story universal, but they do not take away from the plot's mysteries and surprises. The way Dan Brown takes commonly used archetypes and flips them around also keeps the story interesting, and allows it to fit into present social themes (ex. sexism). The archetypes tie together the purpose of each of the characters with the religion and history that plays a very important role in the novel.
The Da Vinci Code
is a unique story, but the archetypes keep it relatable and structured, yet thrilling.