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A stunning new thriller that will provoke much debate.
Dan Brown's extensive research on secret societies and symbology adds intellectual depth to this page-turning thriller. His surprising revelations on
Da Vinci's penchant for hiding codes in his paintings will lead the reader to search out renowned artistic icons as The Mona Lisa, The Madonna of the
Rocks and The Last Supper. The Last Supper holds the most astonishing coded secrets of all and, after reading The Da Vinci Code, you will never see
this famous painting in quite the same way again.
Book Group Questions
THE DA VINCI CODE
1. A number of characters in this novel could be considered "villains." What motivates each of these individuals? What role do misguided passions
play in their actions?
2. As a symbologist, Robert Langdon has a wealth of academic knowledge that helps him view the world in a unique way. Now that you've read The Da
Vinci Code, are there any aspects of life/history/faith that you see in a different light?
3. Langdon and Teabing disagree as to whether the Sangreal documents should be released to the world. If you were the Grand Master of the Priory of
Sion, would you release the documents? If so, what do you think their effect would be?
4. What observations does this novel make about our past? How do these ideas relate to our future?
5. Other than his fear of being framed for murder, what motivates Langdon to follow this perilous quest? Do his motivations change?
6. The novel's "quest" involves numerous puzzles and codes. Did you enjoy trying to solve these puzzles along with the characters? Did you solve
any of the puzzles before the characters did?
7. If you could spend a day in any of the places described in this novel, where would it be, and why? The Louvre? Westminster Abbey? Rosslyn Chapel?
The Temple Church? Somewhere else?
8. Historian Leigh Teabing claims that the founding fathers of Christianity hijacked the good name of Jesus for political reasons. Do you agree? Does
the historical evidence support Teabing's claim?
9. Has this book changed your ideas about faith, religion, or history in any way?
10. Our views on sexuality have changed dramatically since pagan times. Do you think our ideas have changed for the better or worse?
11. Saunière placed a lot of confidence in Langdon. Was this confidence well-placed? What other options might Saunière have had? Did Saunière make the
right decision separating Sophie from the rest of her family?
12. Do you imagine Langdon should forgive Teabing for his misguided actions? On the other hand, do you think Teabing should forgive Langdon for
refusing to release the Sangreal documents?
13. Does the world have a right to know all aspects of its history, or can an argument be made for keeping certain information secret?
14. Would you rather live in a world without religion…or a world without science?
15. What is interesting about the way this story is told? How are the episodes of the novel arranged and linked? In your discussion, you might want to
identify where the turning points in the action are where those moments are after which everything is different. Did you anticipate them?
16. What is the novel's theme? What central message or idea links all the other components of the novel together?
17. For most people, the word "God" feels holy, while the word "Goddess" feels mythical. What are your thoughts on this? Do you imagine those
perceptions will ever change?
18. Will you look at the artwork of Da Vinci any differently now that you know more about his "secret life?"