Feminism in Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code'


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Feminism in Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code'

  1. 1.  Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women.
  2. 2.  Feminist theory, which emerged from feminist movements, aims to understand the nature of gender inequality by examining women's social roles and lived experience; it has developed theories in a variety of disciplines in order to respond to issues such as the social construction of sex and gender. Some of the earlier forms of feminism have been criticized for taking into account only white, middle-class, educated perspectives. This led to the creation of ethnically specific or multiculturalist forms of feminism.
  3. 3.  The Da Vinci Code is a 2003 mystery detective novel written by Dan Brown. It follows symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu as they investigate a murder in Paris's Louvre Museum and discover a battle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei over the possibility of Jesus having been married to Mary Magdalene.
  4. 4. The novel has deconstructed the whole idea of Christianity. Christianity has not any record about Jesus Christ of having been married to anyone or any physical relation with any women. He was the son of god. But Dan Brown challenges this idea through his novel. According to the novel, Jesus Christ had married to Mary Magdalene and Mary had also a child from Jesus. To prove his arguments, Dan Brown makes the use the paintings of very famous painter Leonardo Da Vinci. Brown reinterprets the paintings to prove his points. Even Brown changes the whole idea of ‘Holy Grail’ that it’s not a cup but it’s the tomb of Mary Magdalene. To prove his idea he has used Da Vinci’s painting, “The Last Supper”.
  5. 5. Some of the followers of Christianity believe that Mary was a prostitute, but recently this was proved wrong. Dan tries to prove all these a conspiracy of the people of Christianity to make the society male dominated. The ability to produce a child was once very sacred. Female deities were also worshipped by the people during Pagan rituals. Almost after 100 years of Jesus Christ’s death there was held the first council of Nicaea in which people decided and finalized the things that to be told to the people about the history of Christianity and Jesus.
  6. 6. Here in the novel, Sophie is the protagonist and the very strong character. At the end of the novel we come to know that not any other person but Sophie is the one who belongs to the blood line of Jesus Christ. So here Dan we can clearly see that Dan Brown challenges the idea of male domination that only a male can carry the bloodline. This way the novel speaks about the equality between male and female and. Both should be equally respected in the society.
  7. 7. But one question still remains there; does the novel strictly speak of feminism? Cause in the beginning of the novel Sophie’s character seems to be very strong, but as the novel moves on the whole control of plot goes into the hand of Robert Langdon. Sophie is not able to solve any problem without taking Robert’s help. The role of Sophie becomes secondary to the male characters.
  8. 8. One of my friends (Mr. Pratipalsinh) has written in his blog that in the movies we can clearly see the director used female character not for the objectification of her body but her whole identity of being woman because as the story moves on Sophie loses the grip and her role becomes secondary. So, Sophie becomes kind of a puppet who is guided by Robert throughout the movie. Being a cryptologist how can she rely on someone else that much? So w can see that the director could not make himself free of being a male.
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