Angels and Demons: Characterization, Symbolism, and Conflict

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Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” This quote means that you should live life to the fullest. Learn all you can and treat life like a gift that can be taken from you at any moment. In other words, this means that characters often learn the importance of determination and bravery. I agree with this quote. You never know what might happen in life and it is best to go out knowing you did all you could to be the best you could be. This quote proves true in the book Angels and Demons written by Dan Brown. Throughout the book, Brown uses characterization, symbolism, and conflict to show how the main character, Robert Langdon, changes and progresses in the book. His determination and bravery proves an important aspect to the book.

Robert Langdon is a Harvard symbologist. He studies a wide range of history’s mysteries and the symbols that represent them. During the book, Langdon is forced to face a secret anti-Christian group he has thought to have been gone for over a century. His superior knowledge of the “satanic-cult” assists him in saving the oldest religious city on the earth, Vatican City. He puts his life on the line every second that passes as he chases the man responsible for the murders of four cardinals and a scientist. He also gets the chance to battle this man twice, one for the life of a cardinal, and once for the life of a woman he cares for. His overwhelming bravery and determination to catch the killer pays off when he encounters him in the original “Church of Illumination”. Throughout the book, Langdon changes immensely. He starts out uptight and close-minded, but by the end of the book, he begins to accept the impossible, believe the improbable and eventually discovers the truth.

Symbolism is also a large part of the book. First, there are 6 illuminati brands. Each brand represents something different. One brand represents the cult themselves, another represents earth; a...
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