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Prof Pat Swenson

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

Elements of Fiction

Literary Theory

Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

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Department of English

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Liberal Studies Program

EA 100
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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown - Discussion Guide



Robert Langdon, Sophie Neveu, Jacques Sauniere

Captain Bezu Fache, Lieutenant Collet, Silas, Bishop Manuel Aringarosa

Sir Leigh Teabing (Teacher), Remy, Andre Vernet, Sophie's Grandmother


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.


Historical Fiction vs. Historical Faction

Elements of Mystery: Story/Chapter Organization; Suspense and Drama: Ticking Clock, The Chase; Deciphering Hidden Clues; Surprise and Revelation

Secret Societies: "Priory of Sion," "Knights Templar"

Leonardo da Vinci and His Paintings: The Last Supper, Mona Lisa, Madonna of the Rocks, The Vitruvian Man

Quest for the Holy Grail (Sangreal Documents, Keystone, Cup of Christ)

Mary Magdalene: Feminine Power, Goddess Worship, Rose Symbol, Star of David (chalice and blade)

Struggle for Power & Claims to the Throne of David

Constantine, Council of Nicaea, Catholic Church (Vatican), Opus Dei, Rosicrucians, Merovingians

"New Age" & Esoteric Religions: Gnostic Gospels, Dead Sea Scrolls, Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance