Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Hunchback of Notre Dame: Literary Aspect
Ironically, the theme of love is present in the supposed dark tale of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Quasimodo was destined to social rejection and a life of isolation. One would think that this would cause the poor soul to be full of hatred. Maybe he is, however, he does have room in his heart for one person. That person is Claude Frollo. Claude Frollo is a man of intelligence and also compassion. He had "taken him [Quasimodo] in, adopted him, nourished him and raised him" (Hugo 65). Because of this, Quasimodo loves Claude Frollo, and he feels a "connection" to him because of his kindness. Quasimodo loves him as "no dog, horse or elephant ever loved its master" (66).