Are you with Angels or Demons?

By Mariana Sanchez and Jose RuizDechavez

Establish the Context

The Setting

There are many different settings in the book, but for you as the reader to understand, you just need to know the basic settings. It starts off at Robert Langdon's Massachusetts home where he gets a call that ends up taking him to CERN, a scientific building in Geneva, Switzerland. While at CERN, Langdon discover's that a murder took place in that very building. He goes off to find the murderer along with Vittoria Vetra, the daughter of the murdered victim, and they run into some pretty hard, rough, and complicated things down the road.

Social Context

When and Where?

It starts off at Robert Langdon’s home in Massachusetts, but as the story progresses, it goes to many different places. Robert goes to see a scientist Geneva, Switzerland, but later on spends quite some time in Rome, the Vatican City, looking for an object called the antimatter.

Political Context

Political Context reflects the environment in which something is produced indicating it's purpose or agenda. With this being said, one of the main political context of the story is the antimatter. When the antimatter is first introduced in the story, it has such detail explaining what it is and how it was created. As the story progresses, you realize that the antimatter is actually the reason that one of the creators of it gets murdered, and two of the main characters, Robert Langdon and Vitoria Vetra, on a quest to find it.

Content Components

Modern Context

The main plot of the book "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown is finding a weapon that caused a lot of problems, even a few deaths. Now, the whole reason this "weapon" was stolen in the first place is because of science and religion. Now siente and religion play a big part in the story because it's a feud between them that has been going on for a long time, and science wasn't feeling appriciated for all there hard work and success, so they planned on stealing the "weapon" to use it against religion, or people of God. In today's real world however, this feud does exsist. Maybe it's not as extreme as it is in the book, but the book relates to the real world because this feud does exsist. A lot of people in today's sicioty either are religious or non religious. In occasion we have some in between people, but that's rare. So point being, the book relates to the real world because the feud about science or religion does exsist in the real world.

Significance to Your Peers

The book is significance to m peers because, even though it's fiction, we can still kind of relate to it. For example, say you are confused about your religion, then you can relate to the main character, Robert Langdon, because he himself you can say is confused about religion or science. Or let's say your set on your religion and you believe and are 100% on board with your religion, then you can relate with the men from conclave who fully believe in there religion.

Literary Value

The book has a lot of connections within it's self because, the book goes into so much detail on certain topics that, when you keep reading, it helps you understand the story so much better. Let's say for example, the antimatter. If the antimatter was never explained in detail as well as it was then the story would not have made much sense. I mean, sure the reader would understand why the main two characters would be looking for it, but the reader wouldn't actually understand the value of the antimatter and might think that the quest was pointless. With the great explanations and details of the book however, we can understand the purpose this object. This is just one example, but because of this example and others, is why I believe that this book has great literary value.

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Our Book Review

Dan Brown,author of Angels and Demons, states that a theme to this book is people often get torn between religion and science. Dan Brown is an American author who, besides Angels and Demons, has had other successful books such as The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno. What’s interesting about Dan Brown is that his political views are “about as non-political as it gets, which is particularly confusing since his books often involve elaborate political/religious conspiracy theories” (The Hollowverse). Also, according to Tom Kershaw, Dan Brown’s views on religion are he was raised as an Episcopalian, which basically means the United States-based member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, but now seems to be more of a Deist, which is belief in the existence of a God on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation or belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it. Angels and Demons is set in April, and at first it starts off at Robert Langdon’s home in Massachusetts, but as the story progresses, it goes to many different places. Robert goes to see a scientist Geneva, Switzerland, but later on spends quite some time in Rome, Vatican City, looking for an object called the antimatter. We as readers know the story starts off in Robert Langdon’s Massachusetts home because he gets a call in the middle of the night, and also, after he wakes up, his home gets described in detail. Afterwards, the book describes Langdon leaving in a futuristic-type airplane which gets him from Massachusetts to Geneva, Switzerland in under an hour. The book begins by introducing Robert Langdon, a symbologist and a college professor, who gets called by scientist to research a murder. Along the way, he realizes that this is no ordinary murder, but instead it is an ancient rivalry between science and religion. He, along with Vittoria Vetra, the daughter of the scientist who was murdered, go off in search for an item that was stolen from her father’s lab, and is likely the reason he was murdered, the antimatter. On their quest in search for the antimatter they are faced with many challenges like finding the antimatter before the battery dies and the antimatter explodes, while important men from “the Papal” conclave are kidnapped and threatened with death. This book was really exciting. It’s one of those books that grabs your attention and leaves you wondering what’s going to happen next! I really liked this book, and I believe that most of the people who read this book, if they are into mystery and suspense, will really enjoy this book! Structural elements that striked me as noteworthy were when the antimatter was introduced, because it makes you wonder what power/potential it really has. Also, Vatican City in Rome, because that’s when the story really starts spicing up and it makes you think what adventures are going to happen in this place or what does the main character have to accomplish here and at the end of the book, will we see the main character become a complex character. I feel like those structures were effective in the story because without them, there wouldn’t be a story. Like, say for example, the antimatter was never brought up. Then there would be no stolen weapon, Vittoria Vetra’s dad would not have been murdered, and Robert Langdon would not need to be called into CERN, and there would be no story to tell. Or, if Vatican City would’ve not been introduced, then how would we, as readers, know why the antimatter was stolen in the first place. The structure enhanced my understanding of the issue at hand because as you keep reading, you keep finding out new details and new information of what certain objects are and what are the motives for certain actions. For example, as the story progresses, we understand what the antimatter really is, and the reasons why it got placed in Vatican City. People who are big fans of science, or religion, or both, would really enjoy this book. Age wise, I believe teenagers+, I feel that a younger age group than that could read it, but they probably won’t understand as well.

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Other Books Like This

Besides Angels and Demons, Dan Brown has wrote other books related to this type of topic. He actually as a series of books that include Robert Langdon which are:

  • Angels and Demons
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Lost Symbol
  • Inferno