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Hunchback of Notre Dame
Transcript of Hunchback of Notre Dame
and Celeste Frye General Image Work Cited Esmerelda Quotes Victor Hugo Favorite Book Quotes Critic Stern Critics Feb 26, 1802-May 22, 1855
French poet, novelist and Dramatist
Notre-Dame de Paris (1831)
supporter of republicanism
political and social issues of the time Quasimodo "A one-eyed man is far less complete than a blind man. He knows what he lacks."
"Oh! all that I have ever loved!" "A romantic hero is defined in his relations with other people. He must be surrounded by and involved with other romantic characters, the most important of which is the villain, the moral and physical opposite of the hero” -Wildgen
"The ultimate consequence of Quasimodo's physical misfortune is expressed in his social and moral character: he is savage, he is wicked, he is strong” -Clubb Beautiful Gypsy
Captures the heart of many men
Protagonist (to some)
Sees that Quasimodo has physical needs and is more than just a monster http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&safe=strict&sa=N&tbo=d&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7ADRA_enUS490&biw=1680&bih=815&tbm=isch&tbnid=c0LLBjv0jkkM-M:&imgrefurl=http://uashome.alaska.edu/~dfgriffin/website/hunchback.htm&docid=yvfqRJ2Qh5Y7tM&imgurl=http://uashome.alaska.edu/~dfgriffin/website/hunchback.gif&w=264&h=364&ei=bKK_UN6OGMW0qAG68YG4Dg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=729&vpy=75&dur=5273&hovh=264&hovw=191&tx=116&ty=134&sig=102531261704709835210&page=1&tbnh=110&tbnw=81&start=0&ndsp=64&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:0,i:109 Meet the Characters! Hunchback
Tolls the bells at the Notre Dame cathedral
Modest and kind-hearted, but misunderstood
Protagonist (to some)
Falls in love with Esmerelda Frollo Quasimodo's master
Archdeacon of Notre Dame
In love with Esmerelda
Kills Phoebus and Esmerelda gets killed for it Critic Hart “The Rat Hole” chapter
“To readers familiar with Hugo's tale of the lonely hunchback, this reference to living tombs may seem a dramatic flourish--an imaginative detail that adds to the novel's gothic atmosphere.”
“Hugo's awareness of Christianity's "living tomb" tradition...[and] his understanding of women as playing a major role” “Thus Hugo, through this gypsy beauty, pulls his readers into the next phase of the story”
“La Esmeralda has led the story along its path, turning and twisting its fate, persuading and evading its characters, challenging and tempting its motives from beginning to end.” Thesis: Stern correctly notices that Hugo portrayed Quasimodo as a female version of this “living tomb” tradition, while Hart also correctly asserts that Las Esmeralda is the protagonist because she takes The Hunchback of Notre-Dame through the story and is the reason for the main points of drama. Works Cited http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120401034625/disney/images/1/19/Esmeralda-disney915.png While both William Graham Clubb and Kathryn E. Wildgen both assert that Quasimodo “is certainly the pivotal character of the novel” (Clubb), I agree with Wildgen’s allegation that Quasimodo is the hero of the book, not the exaggerated portrayal of a monster whose life and story are a tragedy and believe that in his allegations Clubb has overlooked Frollo’s far more heinous actions and Hugo’s theme of contradicting him through Quasimodo’s efforts. Kathryn E. Wildgen Thinks that Quasimodo is not only the protagonist of the book, but the hero of the story, which is determined by his opposition to Frollo's terrible actions. She believes that he is extremely misunderstood, but that he is ultimately kind and well-intentioned. William Graham Club Thinks that Quasimodo is undeniably "the pivotal character of the novel”, but is not a hero is any way, that he's an embodiment of a monster and that his monster-like appearance matches his heart and his actions. Thesis: