Inferno: The Silver Haired Woman Essay

990 words - 4 pages

Who is the silver-haired woman? In the book, Inferno by Dan Brown, this character starts off without the assurance that she is even real. Robert Langdon, the protagonist, sees her in dreams after his amnesia and only refers to her as the silver-haired woman. When they meet she is given a name and a reason to why she was in Langdon’s dreams. She is the character with the most influence on Langdon from the beginning and is on Langdon’s side. This silver-haired woman changes from being in a dream to being real to making an ultimate decision.
In the beginning, there was Robert Langdon and his companion, Sienna, but there was also another woman in Langdon’s dreams. In his dreams “The silver-haired woman with the amulet” calls to him. This description shows that she is old to have silver hair and the fact that Langdon calls it silver instead of gray shows that she must distinguished from all others. The amulet again shows that she would be old enough to have something from her youth that may have taught her a life lesson. All of these descriptors combined shows that she has wisdom and is highly respectable. In his dreams this woman of authority appears and instructs “Seek … And ye shall find.”(9) Thanks to Robert’s amnesia, he does not know what she is talking about; he only has the feeling that he knows her. This sentence, repeated in his many dreams, guides him to where he needs to go. The silver-haired woman must have been important to Langdon to appear in his dreams, important enough to fight the amnesia. What this woman is guiding him towards is to stop a man who refers to himself as the Shade. The Shade is a mysterious character for much of the book, although two things are clear. He thinks of himself as “your salvation” (48) and he thinks the silver-haired woman is “the silver-haired ignorant” (48) The Shade calls her the silver-haired ignorant, and this may show that the Shade is young. Younger generations look to the older and think they are ignorant or feeble-minded, even though they know what they are talking about. The silver-haired woman is still a mystery, but more and more is uncovered with each chapter.
The silver-haired woman has a name, but what is it and does it tell much about her? In chapter twenty-one the silver-haired woman is given a name and a profession that match her description from before. Her name is Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey and she is “from Geneva, where she was serving as the director of the World Health Organization,” What this says about the doctor at WHO is that she worked hard to get this position and is probably old from the time it took her to get there. She is also intelligent and compassionate to have a job that required a...

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