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Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

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Digital Fortress by Dan Brown Genre: Crime Setting: The story transports the reader deep within the most powerful intelligent organization in the world. The National Security Agency is in charge of breaking complexly encrypted international documents. They steal other people's secrets while protecting their own. The agency works effectively because not many Americans knew their existence. It brings up the issues of privacy that computer users are used to in the digital age. It is in this type of environment where the intriguer could be engaged in espionage through computer crime. Characters: Susan Fletcher is the head cryptographer of the NSA. Through gender readings, she is the only female, the youngest employee, with an IQ of 170 and a very attractive woman. She is unstereotypical to the surrounding of middle aged men that work under pressure. Susan is characterized extraordinarily to draw the reader's attention into her dilemma. She enhances the plot with her protective feelings for her fianc´┐Że, Professor David Becker. It entertains the reader with a romantic relationship as well as thrilling actions in the story. Trevor Strathmore, the NSA's Deputy Director had the American desire for consumeristic. He had the notion that the NSA could wag other's information without warning the public. Opposing to his values is the computer programming genius Ensei Tankado. ...read more.


She thought of the kill-code and hit the key at the nick of time. The password entered, and the US intelligence was saved. The story is matriarchal. It power positions Susan to gain power through intelligence and status. She is the heroin because she shares our society's common values. Resolution: Tankado had tricked the NSA to insert computer worms into TRANSLTR to destroy the machine. Strathmore had faked his identity to sell the key to the code for loads of money. He then put David in the danger of being killed. He thought Susan would turn to him once she got over her lost. In the end, he died of depression of failure. No matter how well prepared or careful, the culprit is always positioned to be defeated. This is so that readers understand their values are not to be followed. The desire for material accumulation is a similar comment on human nature from various crime stories. It is immoral that the antagonist places material values on a higher level than spiritual values. They had physically hurt or discriminate others for their benefits. Issues: The novel explores the issue of civilian privacy and national security. As technology changed, there are no barriers around information. Global corporations used to gather for meetings, now they teleconference. It is impossible to keep the vast network of cables and satellites secure. ...read more.


The stereotype of a punk girl represented the poorly behaved young people. Although Seville is a tourist attraction, most citizens are working class people. The Spanish government have spent most of their money in the tourism industry. Their lack of funds for public services and facilities had resulted in a gang warfare area. The writer is showing a contrast of how society works between the NSA and Seville. The NSA incident was a battle for survival. It is a crucial bid to destroy a creation of inconceivable genius. Digital Fortress threatens to obliterate the balance of power. The people are competitive to gain power. This is why the NSA is extremely controlled with security restrictions. However, a society can be totally different if there is no power for domination. Young people do not have education, and the general public do not have social security or health services. The nation's poor living standard influences people to interact freely. The society is vulnerable to violence, abuses and murders. David had to survive the road chase and the use of weapons by the killer. The distinction between the classes, however, comes down to the same morals in the centre of conflict. The central character had to co-operate with the way society is to achieve his goal. David had to tolerate with the arrogant punk because it is by doing so that his involvement is more secure. People cannot interact by showing prejudice against members of the lower class. What degrades us is intolerance and prejudice. ...read more.

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