The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Victor Hugo, Isabel Roche

By Victor Hugo, Isabel Roche

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One of the 1st nice novels of the Romantic period, Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame has overjoyed generations of readers with its powerfully melodramatic tale of Quasimodo, the deformed hunchback who lives within the bell tower of medieval Paris’s most renowned cathedral.

Feared and hated through all, Quasimodo is taken care of through Dom Claude Frollo, a stern, chilly priest who ignores the negative hunchback within the face of his common public torture. yet a person steps ahead to help—the attractive gypsy Esmeralda, whose unmarried act of kindness fills Quasimodo with love. Can the hunchback keep the stunning gypsy from Frollo’s evil plan, or will all of them perish within the shadows of Notre Dame?

An epic story of good looks and unhappiness, The Hunchback of Notre Dame portrays the sufferings of humanity with compassion and power.

Isabel Roche teaches French language and literature at Bennington university. She focuses on the nineteenth-century French novel.

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This trade paperback edition published in 2008. Š Introduction, Notes, and For Further Reading Copyright ũ 2004 by Isabel Roche. Š Note on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The World of Victor Hugo and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Comments & Questions Copyright ũ 2004 by Barnes & Noble, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

In the case of Quasimodo, the central duality is that of the opposing poles of the sublime and the grotesque. From the beginning to the end of the novel, his physical incompleteness leaves him hopelessly suspended between the states of man and animal. Quasimodo is defined by his animal-like strength (proven in numerous scenes such as the early, failed abduction of Esmeralda and the assault on the cathedral) and by his animal-like mentality, which is at once a result of his incomplete intellectual faculties and a conditioned response to the (unkind) way he has been treated by those around him, save his 舠adopted舡 father, Claude Frollo, to whom he is completely devoted (舠Quasimodo loved the archdeacon as no dog, no horse, no elephant, ever loved its master舡 [p.

The vagrants舗 capacity to bring about change is dormant, and those not killed in the assault on Notre Dame are quickly brought down by the king舗s men. Yet this effort itself, the bold and subversive action of attacking a church舒that is to say, the house of God and, by divine right, that of the king舒can be seen as a clear indication of things to come. For while the king succeeds in quelling and even erasing all traces of the vagrants舗 failed uprising (the narrator specifies that 舠Kings like Louis XI are careful to wash the pavement quickly after a massacre舡 (p.

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