LETTER TO IRISH TIMES
3rd Novemeber 2004
Interpreting 'The Da Vinci Code'
Madam, - Breda O'Brien has misunderstood the Da Vinci Code (Oct 30th). Dan
Brown regards the Holy Grail and all it may symbolise as a hoax. Marie
Saunière is Dan Brown's mouthpiece (see DVC, page 581, Corgi). More
importantly, through her too, he expresses his real concerns for the world
we live in, 'The pendulum is swinging. We are starting to sense the dangers
of our history. and of our destructive paths. We are beginning to sense the
need to restore the sacred feminine'(p581, Corgi).
As I argue in my
article on Dan Brown's book on my website, if Marie had substituted the word
'include' for 'restore', she would have expressed my views on the need to
include feminine perspectives and values, to a much greater extent, as we
seek to transform our turbulent, violent, aggressive, male-oriented world
and construct in its place a world where the emphasis is on non-violent ways
to address and resolve our conflicts.
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