Plot Development of The Lost Symbol

Plot Development of The Lost Symbol

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  • Exposition
  • Rising Action
  • "Your science impressed me, I hope mine impresses you."
  • "I'm sorry."
  • Climax
  • Setting: Washington, D.C; 21st century. Characters: Mal'akh, Robert Langdon, Katherine Solomon, Warren Bellamy, Peter Solomon, and Inoue Sato.
  • Falling Action
  • Mal'akh captures Robert Langdon and Katherine Solomon and forces Robert to reveal to him the key to solving the pyramid capstone. By revealing the key to Mal'akh, Mal'akh is finally able to transport to the location he had been searching for, where the climax takes place. This is why this point in the story is the rising action.
  • Resolution
  • "God is not One. . . but Many."
  • Ultimately refusing to kill Mal'akh, Peter Solomon ruins Mal'akh's plan to be a pure sacrifice and go through his final transformation before becoming a God. Left on the alter, Mal'akh is killed when Sato's helicopter breaks the glass ceiling of The House of The Temple, and shards of glass stab Mal'akh to death. This is when the action of the story reaches its peak and the antagonist is defeated.
  • Conflict
  • Robert, Peter, and Katherine are all now finally together again. Sato bids them goodbye and Peter takes Robert to the Washington Monument, where he will finally reveal to Robert the ancient mysteries. This is where the action is now subsiding and the characters , and peace starts to settle over the main characters. The falling action of the story.
  • "One final bit of advice. The next time a senior administrator of the CIA tells you she has a national-security crisis. . .Leave the bullshxt in Cambridge."
  • Peter reveals to Robert the true meaning of the ancient mysteries, and insists that he and Katherine see a very rare and special sight. Robert and Katherine comply, and when they see the sun rising up behind the Washington Monument, Robert has an epiphany, one that opens his eyes and gives him an overwhelming feeling of hope. This is where the story concludes, this is the resolution.
  • Man vs Man: Mal'akh vs Robert Langdon Man vs Self: Robert Langdon vs His mind
  • Robert Langdon
  • Mal'akh
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