The book The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, or Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo is set in Paris in 1482. The time period really affects the story because, first of all one of the main characters was hanged, unfairly. This would be impossible now because capital punishment is almost abolished. Also in our time period people act more humane and what happened to Quasimodo when the deaf man was judging him would never have happened. (And they wouldn't alow a deaf man to judge someone.) Notre-Dam itself is I think one of the most important characters and places in the story. In my opinion, the cathedral is character just as Don Claude and La Esmeralda are. As a matter of a fact, the cathedral is considerably kinder than many of the other characters. The cathedral protects those that ask her for aid, and shakes of those that hurt it or break it's sanctuary like Don Claude. I think, personally that Quasimodo is a extension of the cathedral. He only feels at home in Notre-Dame: he is shunned elsewhere. He willingly gave up his hearing to serve the cathedral by ringing her bells. In the English translation the title is The Hunchback of Notre-Dame but in the original version the title was Notre-Dame de Paris or Our Lady of Paris, signifying how important the cathedral is: the original book was named after her. I have been in Notre-Dame before, and I remember being amazed at the scope of this cathedral, built before any modern technology. I can imagine how well Quasimodo would fit in with the gargoyles at night, and how the attacking “Egyptians” must have felt, thinking they saw one of those frighting statues come to life. The cathedral added to the sadness I felt at the end: thought in may have been an equally sad ending to have Quasimodo find La Esmeralda’s skeleton in a graveyard, for it to be in a cathedral is much more depressing, it makes one wonder why even a church, designated as a sanctuary and dedicated to God; has to be defiled by the death of innocent or even guilty people.
Something I wrote for Reading. Monthly reading log.