What can I put on a poster for an assignment about the da vinci code?the assignment i have to do says; using text and images create an A3-sized poster that deals with a theme from the novel/film...

What can I put on a poster for an assignment about the da vinci code?

the assignment i have to do says;

using text and images create an A3-sized poster that deals with a theme from the novel/film The Da Vinci Code!

can you please help me as this is the first time i have done an assignment like this for about 2 years thankyou !

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lfawley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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The first thing that cam to my mind when I read your post was SYMBOLS - lots of symbols. The central focus of the piece, aside from the suspense and mystery, is two-fold - language and meaning coupled with religious belief sets and the power religion holds over the masses. The way people interpret language and the way in which meaning is assigned to myth factor heavily into the novel, as does a start at looking at the idea of secret societies (Brown goes into much more detail about this in "The Symbol" but he touches on these in "Da Vinci Code" as well).

I would look at these themes and try to present symbolism visually in your poster. What do the signs point to? What causes us to misread the signs? How can language be manipulated, and how do symbols function in the same way that language functions? Essentially, letters themselves are nothing more than symbols that, when combined a specific way, form words. These words have meaning as well, but the meaning changes if the order of the symbols (letters) changes. Perhaps something like that would be a useful place to start when you think about the design for your poster. Essentially, you are wanting to create meaning through images, another type of symbolism.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I have given an assignment similar to this several times.  If I was your teacher I'd encourage you to take the following steps:

1.  Make a list of themes of the book (think about codes/puzzles, relationships, faith).

2.  Choose the one theme that you understand the best, and can come up with the most examples for.

3.  Make a list of examples of the theme you choose - from the story.

4.  Through the list of examples, try to explain the message behind this theme.

5.  Once you've thought of one theme to represent, examples from the story, and a deeper meaning (and written these things down), try to find pictures that help represent your ideas.

A few helpful reminders:

- pictures do not have to be literal - consider using some pictures as symbols for your ideas.
-  the one theme you choose to represent may intertwine with other themes of the book.
- don't forget to use WORDS as well as pictures.
-  I encourage you not to print all your pictures off the Internet.  Posters with a variety of materials used are more interesting - and show better effort.

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