Literary Newsmakers for Students Volume 1 by Greg Wilson, Anne Marie Hacht

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As the novel continues, however, Neveu seems inexplicably to lose her faculties. ’’ Neveu ‘‘was stopped on the stairs below him, staring up in confusion. A code? She had been pondering the words all night and had not seen a code. ’’ Brown justifies her ignorance by declaring that her intelligence causes her to seek complexity. But even the narrative seems to reveal this interpretation as ridiculous: Her shock over the anagram was matched only by her embarrassment at not having deciphered the message herself.

Most historians, moreover, note that the ‘‘relatively close vote’’ to which Teabing refers was actually not close at all, and that Jesus’ divinity was widely accepted among the early Christians. In fact, many scholars have invalidated the claims the novel makes about Christian history. Brown’s theories are most convincing to those who see history as a conspiracy, not as a factual account of the past. CRITICAL OVERVIEW The Da Vinci Code debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and generated high praise from many critics for its entertainment value.

His house-elf friend, Dobby, informs Harry of a special room where the Dark Arts group can hold their now-secret meetings. , and begins to practice spells and charms at Harry’s direction. Pleased with the first meeting’s success, Harry finds even more thrill in his conversation with Cho. Houses Gryffindor and Slytherin meet in the first Quidditch match, where Ron plays miserably but Harry wins for the team. After the match, Harry’s school nemesis, Draco Malfoy, taunts the Gryffindor players, causing Harry, Fred, and George to physically attack him.

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