Notre dame de paris victor hugo esmeralda
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor HugoThis extraordinary historical novel, set in Medieval Paris under the twin towers of its greatest structure and supreme symbol, the cathedral of Notre-Dame, is the haunting drama of Quasimodo, the hunchback; Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo, the priest tortured by the specter of his own damnation. Shaped by a profound sense of tragic irony, it is a work that gives full play to Victor Hugos brilliant historical imagination and his remarkable powers of description.
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Over the last couple of weekends, I have looked at paintings of some fables and legends. When it comes to literary genres such as folk and fairy tales, categories become very blurry. This weekend I am going to start with a look at what began as a novel, but has become something of a modern legend or folk tale: the story of Quasimodo and Esmeralda, told by Victor Hugo in his Notre Dame de Paris, or most popularly known as the Hunchback of Notre Dame. In , he started work on this novel. After an intense final few months of writing, Notre Dame de Paris was published in early
She is a French Roma girl near the end of the book, it is revealed that her biological mother was a French woman. She constantly attracts men with her seductive dances, and is rarely seen without her clever goat Djali. She is around 16 years old and has a kind and generous heart. She is the love child of Paquette Guybertaut, nicknamed 'la Chantefleurie', an orphaned minstrel's daughter who lives in Rheims. Paquette has become a prostitute after being seduced by a young nobleman, and lives a miserable life in poverty and loneliness.
Quasimodo was born with a hunchback and feared by the townspeople as a sort of monster, but he finds sanctuary in an unlikely love that is fulfilled only in death. The role of Quasimodo has been played by many actors in film and stage adaptations, including Lon Chaney, Sr. In , a British researcher found evidence suggesting there was a real-life hunchbacked stone carver who worked at Notre Dame during the same period Victor Hugo was writing the novel and they may have even known each other. The deformed Quasimodo is described as "hideous" and a "creation of the devil". He was born with a severe hunchback, and a giant wart that covers his left eye. He was born to a Gypsy tribe, but due to his monstrous appearance he was switched during infancy with a physically normal baby girl, Agnes. After being discovered, Quasimodo is exorcised by Agnes's mother who believed that the Gypsies ate her child and taken to Paris, where he is found abandoned in Notre Dame on the foundlings' bed, where orphans and unwanted children are left to public charity on Quasimodo Sunday , the First Sunday after Easter, by Claude Frollo , the Archdeacon of Notre Dame, who adopts the baby, names him after the day the baby was found, and brings him up to be the bell-ringer of the Cathedral.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - The Novel
Hugo wrote the book to bring awareness for the value of Gothic architecture and began writing the story in He was so often delayed on other projects that his publisher forced him to finish it. Hugo found inspiration for the narrative when he found writing on the wall in one of the towers of the cathedral. Written on the wall was the Greek word "Anatkh" which roughly means "Fate" but as concept it's a dark fate that even if you know you'll meet a tragic end you must fulfill it, there is no escape. It was recently discovered that Quasimodo was inspired by a worker who was working at Notre Dame during the time Hugo was writing the novel. The Worker was also a Hunchback. The story starts on January 6th , the Epiphany, which is when the "Feast of Fools" is celebrated.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is set in Paris during the 15th century. The story centres on Quasimodo , the deformed bell ringer of Notre-Dame Cathedral , and his unrequited love for the beautiful dancer La Esmeralda. Her biological mother is a former prostitute once known as Paquette la Chantefleurie but now known as Sister Gudule; her paternity is unknown. Esmeralda has no knowledge of her kidnapping: she lives and travels with the Roma as if she is one of them. Quasimodo first meets Esmeralda at the Feast of Fools , an annual festival parodying ecclesiastical ritual and cardinal elections. Esmeralda takes pity on him and offers him a drink of water. Quasimodo thereafter falls in love with the dancer and decides to devote himself to protecting her.