The Da Vinci Code By Dan Brown Essay

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Throughout The Da Vinci Code, author Dan Brown employs effective ekphrastic writing in order to convince readers that some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous works could ultimately lead protagonist Robert Langdon to the famed Holy Grail. However, while always effective, Brown’s use of ekphrasis writing is at times not accurate in order to make the works fit the needs of his plot. A deeper understanding of how Brown utilizes ekphrasism in his writing can be found studying his descriptions of the Mona Lisa, Madonna of the Rocks, and the Last Supper. By analyzing his use of these pieces within the world of The Da Vinci Code, readers can contemplate the significance of da Vinci’s work in relation to Brown’s novel. Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous work, the Mona Lisa, plays an important part in The Da Vinci Code, helping the character of Robert Langdon establish da Vinci as a promoter of the “sacred feminine” through his artwork. For example, he accurately describes the uneven horizon line behind the Mona Lisa by saying, “By lowering the countryside on the left, Da Vinci made Mona Lisa look much larger from the left side than from the right side” (Brown 119). However, he follows by saying, “A little Da Vinci inside joke. Historically, the concepts of male and female have assigned sides-left is female, and right is male. Because DaVinci was a big fan of feminine principles, he made Mona Lisa look more majestic and from the left than the right” (Brown 119). While this makes a…

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