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The Medieval Myth of The Holy Grail and its Resonance in Contemporary Popular Culture: A Reception Theory Analysis of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay investigates why the Myth of the Holy Grail continue to occur within popular culture. Myths, tales and legends from ancient times have inspired authors throughout the centuries. The readers are not only served with a spectacular adventure, but the myths also contain messages with a moral and ethical guidance for us as beholders. This particular myth can be found within different media in our time and the essay will attempt to give some answers as to why the myth reappears in new forms over and over again. An analysis is performed by using the methodology of aesthetic reception within reception theory. The material chosen for the analysis is the work of art; The Da Vinci Code by author Dan Brown, where two different media forms will be represented, the novel and the film. The findings in the analysis revealed that the key to understanding the reasons for the occurrence of this medieval myth is the element of a quest that is present within the myth. This ingredient, where you embark on an adventure, will create feelings of excitement for the beholder. A second aspect found is that we as humans have an interest in our history. Therefore, myths and legends from our historical past will be naturally alluring for beholders and especially if they are linked to philosophical questions and ideas that can be applied to our modern society. The success that has followed The Da Vinci Code has its explanation in the fact that Brown has managed to make the myth of the Holy Grail more contemporary, the myth has then been rejuvenated. A suggestion for further research is to perform a study on beholders in focus group interviews in order to validate the findings in the analysis.

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2018. , p. 34
Keywords [en]
Mythology, The Holy Grail, Reception theory, Reception history, Wolfgang Kemp, Dan Brown
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-26620OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-26620DiVA, id: diva2:1209781
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Religious studies
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Upper Secondary Teacher Education Programme
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Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-05-24 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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