*Spoiler Alert*


In the book the Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, there are so many conflicts it would take an hour to name them all. The main conflict is that a man named Jacques Saunière was killed in an art museum but before he died he left a series of puzzles for his granddaughter, Sophie Neveu, and a professor of religious Symbology, Robert Langdon. Sophie and Robert must go around Europe to solve one of the most well kept secrets known to man, the location of the Holy Grail. But the conflict I’m talking about is not this but is actually one of the puzzles they solve to resolve the main conflict. Even though it’s only a side most conflicts are very important and there is probably a reason why the author put it there, even if the conflict isn’t resolved. I will explain what the conflict is and how it happened and how it got resolved.


The conflict that I will be talking about is the mystery laser cut key that Sophie and Langdon found in the previous puzzle. The key was found behind one of Da Vinci’s paintings, Madonna of the Rocks. They had to figure out what the key was for. The key was golden and it had the initials of a secret organization that protected the holy grail, Priory of Sion. The believed the key would take a big part in solving the puzzle. Langdon later found out that Sounière had used watermark to write 24 Rue Haxo, the address of the place where they are supposed to use the key, this is how it was shown in the book “Sophie stared in amazement at the purple writing on the back of the key. 24 Rue Haxo.” (Brown 166, 167)


Once they got to the address they realized it was a Swedish bank vault key. They had found out what the key was for but they still didn’t know what was inside the vault. Once they got in the bank and tried accessing the vault realized they were in big trouble because they also needed a 10 number password. Langdon again solved the problem by remembering a previously seen number written in the crime scene of Saunière: “Langdon produced the printout of the crime scene photo and spread it out on the coffee table. Sophie need only to read the first line to know Langdon was correct. 13-3-2-21-1-1-8-5. O, Draconian devil! Oh, lame saint! P.S. Find Robert Langdon.” (202) They decided that the numbers were to random so they changed it into the Fibonacci sequence, 1123581321. By entering the password and inserting the key they had access to Saunière’s vault it had the keystone, the key and the map for the holy grail.


The resolution of this conflict and many others will end up with the resolution of the main conflict, finding the holy grail. Some books might go from conflict to conflict, but this particular book has 3 conflicts happening at the same time. But in the end most of the time they are resolved.


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