The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown
Contributed by Cinderella Domino
Symbols
Symbols are objects or figures that artists use to represent an idea.
The keystone

This ancient symbol has permeated history from its beginning - the creation of the world. Its spiritual meaning is considered to be broad, thorough and convincing, as it is of biblical origin. When we first met the keystone on the pages of the book, we discover its true value: “a clef de voûte...or keystone—an engraved tablet that revealed the final resting place of the brotherhood’s greatest secret...” So the meaning of the keystone can vary from ‘the most important part of anything or its main idea’ to ‘the completion of something’ - “The keystone. It will lead us to our final goal”.

The fleur-de-lis or Lily

The beautiful flower of the lily is associated for us mainly with tenderness and purity. And there is no wonder, precisely that flower has always been a symbol of Motherhood. But if we go deeper, we will found that the lily’s symbolism is much more complicated that we were thinking. Talking about "The fleur-de-lis" or heraldic lily, the Priory of Sion (Prieuré de Sion) should be mentioned. It is the secret fraternity which used this flower as their logo. - "The fleur-de-lis," Langdon said, "combined with the initials P.S., that is the brotherhood’s official device. Their coat of arms. Their logo."

A rose 

The rose is another flower, which symbolism is shrouded in the mystery. There are many kinds of flowers, but it always the rose to be symbolized with the deepest feelings and desires. Throughout the history, the rose has acquired various meanings: the first ‘sub rosa’ or ‘under the rose’ stands for secrecy or privacy - "Sub rosa,"Langdon said. "The Romans hung a rose over meetings to indicate the meeting was confidential. Attendees understood that whatever was said under the rose—or sub rosa—had to remain a secret.". Then we met the second symbolic type of rose – so calles ‘five-petal rose’ which has direct link with the Priory of Sion : “The five-petal rose, he whispered, is a Priory symbol for the Holy Grail”. It is also not surprising that a rose is a symbol of femininity «The Rose has always been the premiere symbol of female sexuality.And in modern times, the flowering rose’s ties to womanhood are considered more visual». And finally, this floral symbol gets a role of quest pointer that can also be associated with ‘the Compass Rose’ - «For centuries, the symbol of the Rose had been associated with maps and guiding souls in the proper direction».

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