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Fearsome Father: An Analysis of Claude Frollo

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Kimberly Baird

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Fearsome Father:
An Analysis of Claude Frollo Introduction:
The Hunchback of Notre Dame a. Written by Victor Hugo in 1831

b. Much more complex than the Disney version

c. Hugo’s ending was far more tragic than Disney’s Objective Analyze the character of Frollo as portrayed in the Disney version of the story. This will include an analysis of his personality and his treatment of two of the main characters, Quasimodo and Esmeralda. About Frollo a. “Father” to Quasimodo

b. Minister of Justice in the city of Paris

c. Extremely religious

d. Has a deep lust for the gypsy, Esmeralda Main Characteristics of Frollo a. Tall and skinny, sharp facial features, assertive voice

b. Self-righteous with a personal mission to “cleanse” the city

c. Exhibits possible symptoms of three closely related mental/personality disorders
i. Antisocial personality disorder
ii. Narcissistic personality disorder
iii. Sadistic personality disorder Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) Definition Common attributes of ASPD Examples of this behavior exhibited by Frollo Chronic mental condition in which the person’s ways of thinking, perceiving situations, and relating to others are dysfunctional and often destructive. a. No sense of right and wrong
b. Antagonize and manipulate others
c. Disregard the rights, wishes, and feelings of others
d. Show no guilt or remorse
e. Act violently or act impulsively a. Entire relationship with Quasimodo is based on manipulation
b. Almost destroys Paris searching for Esmeralda
c. Nonchalantly watches as previous Captain is being punished
d. Wants Quasimodo to be humiliated in the festival Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) Definition Common attributes of NPD Examples of this behavior exhibited by Frollo Condition in which people have an excessive sense of self-importance, extreme preoccupation with themselves, and lack empathy for others. a. Excessive feelings of self-importance
b. Fantasize about success, power, beauty, intelligence, or idealized love
c. React to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation
d. Are often unable to empathize
e. Take advantage of others for their own gain a. Constantly mentions how pious he is
b. Infuriated when Esmeralda stands up to him
c. Calls Phoebus away from a war to help with his “cleanse” of the city
d. Thinks he is above the law Sadistic Personality Disorder Definition Desire to inflict pain upon a sexual object. Two aspects characterizing this disorder: 1. An active or violent attitude toward the sexual object.
2. Sexual satisfaction conditional on the humiliation and maltreatment of the sexual object. Examples of this behavior exhibited by Frollo a. Twists Esmeralda’s arm
b. Wants to see her burn
c. Burning down the city to find her Now, a closer look at Frollo’s relationships… Quasimodo:
Proof that Frollo is a Righteous Man? Characteristics a. Kind, quiet young man
b. Only friends are the stone gargoyles and animals residing in the bell tower
c. Talented artist
d. Adventurous What he represents to Frollo a. An accumulation of sins that must be repented
b. A physical embodiment of the “filth” of the city
c. Reinforces Frollo’s feelings of self-righteousness Frollo as a Father Figure a. Authoritarian parenting style

b. Expectations of Quasimodo

c Father only out of self-preservation Esmeralda:
Frollo’s Object of Desire Characteristics a. Strikingly beautiful gypsy dancer
b. Pet goat, Djali
c. Possibly possesses magical ability
d. Kindhearted, yet strong-willed What she represents to Frollo a. A lifestyle he feels is degrading the city
b. A reminder of his sexual repression
c. Causes internal confliction in Frollo Frollo’s Frustration a. Sexually repressed

b. Breaking down the song’s meaning:
i. Ashamed of his attraction to Esmeralda
ii. Two instances of refusal to take responsibility for his own actions and feelings:
1. "It's not my fault, I'm not to blame, it is the gypsy girl, the witch who sent this flame."
2. “It's not my fault, if in God's plan, He made the devil so much stronger than a man." Evidence of Frollo’s Sexual Repression a. Aggression towards the object of his desire is indicative of his sadistic personality.

b. If he can’t have Esmeralda, then nobody can. Conclusion a. Frollo is extremely mentally unstable.

b. All of his actions are selfish and harmful to others.

c. Refuses to take responsibility for his actions, unless it improves his image.

d. Self-obsession with piousness leads him to persecute others. References Angela M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. 4 Parenting Styles. n.d. Web page. 27 May 2013. <http://www.sugarbendcenter.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/site.content/mode/dtl/type/51321/post/49110.cfm>.

Encyclopedia, A.D.A.M. Medical. Narcissistic personality disorder. 10 November 2012. Web page. 28 May 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001930/>.

Staff, Mayo Clinic. Antisocial Personality Disorder definition. April 2013. Web page. 28 May 2013. <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/antisocial-personality-disorder/DS00829>.

Susan J. Fiester, MD and MD Martha Gay. "Sadistic Personality Disorder: A Review of Data and Recommendations for DSM-IV." Journal of Personality Disorders 5.4 (1991): 376-385. Online.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame. n.d. Web page. 27 May 2013. <http://www.online-literature.com/victor_hugo/hunchback_notre_dame/>.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Perf. Frollo. n.d. Youtube.com. May 2013. <http://youtu.be/EyS3weMlxLA>. Presented by Kimberly Baird
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