The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown, is the sequel to The DaVinci Code. In this novel, Robert Langdon, a Harvard Symbologist is called by a friend and asked to speak about Freemasonry at the capitol building in Washington D.C. when he arrives he finds it almost empty. He quickly realizes that he has been set up and that his friend, Peter, has been taken hostage by a madman who goes by the name of Mal'akh. The man claims to need Langdon's help to find what he claims to be an ancient portal.
What follows is a cat and mouse game between Langdon and Mal'akh through all of Washington. Langdon follows a trail left by the Freemasons, learning many of their secrets. By the end of the novel, Langdon must decide whether or not to reveal what he has learned. This helps to develop a theme of forbidden knowledge and whether or not every person know everything. Langdon later finds out that Peter's sister, Katherine, a noetic scientist (the study of mind and intuition), has her lab destroyed by Mal'akh, and with it some very important and groundbreaking discoveries. Things get even more complicated when the NSA gets involved claiming that Mal'akh has information that he can use to threaten national security. Langdon must stop him before he kills Peter and releases this information.
1. The novel develops a theme of forbidden knowledge. Do you think that there are some things that we are not meant to know or that we should not know?
2. the knowledge Mal'akh has aquired (i cant reveal what it is without giving away the ending to the novel) would be useless in the hands of any normal person. however he has twisted it for his own use. Can you think of any examples of people using knowledge in an irresponsible way for their own gain?