Women In The Da Vinci Code

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A stereotype is a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person. Women have often been discriminated and said to be less strong, less intelligent and less capable than men. However, in the novel The Da Vinci Code written by Dan Brown it portrays women to have a very strong hold in detective work, history and life. This is evident through the character Sophie Neveu, history behind symbols and symbolism throughout art work. Women have not gotten the credit they deserve and have been underestimated however, the novel shows how women are just as capable as men. Sophie Neveu is the grand daughter of the curator of The Louvre, Joseph Saunier. She is portrayed as a very strong and capable women through her…show more content…
Langdon reveals how many symbolic ties to women are hidden throughout these famous pieces of artwork. Throughout the novel it is discovered that the Mona Lisa is actually an anagram for the name Amon L'Isa, who is the Egyptian god and goddess of fertility. Just as Langdon said "not only does the face of the Mona Lisa look androgynous, but her name is an anagram of the divine union of male and female" (121). She is also said to have represented the sacred feminine and balance between sexes. Therefore this means the Mona Lisa does not have a gender and she represents that men and women are equal. Another painting showing the importance of women is the Last Supper. The Last Supper is a famous painting created by Leonardo Da Vinci that holds a great significance in the novel. Langdon and Sophie discover that Jesus' right hand man is in fact a woman. Sophie notices "the individual has flowing red hair, delicate folded hands and the hint of a bosom. It was without a doubt female" (243). The women in the painting is found out to be Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail is not the bible or a chalice but, it is Mary's womb. His shows the importance of women by revealing that Jesus' right hand was actually female and that the most holy thing is actually a females
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