The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Essay

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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

“Love is a universal language.” This popular quote from many movies and literary works describes the importance of love, and how there are no limits or barriers when dealing with love. Many people cannot even help whether or not they fall in love. There are many types of love and they need not be between members of opposite sexes. In
Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame,
Quasimodo's love for Esmerelda is not as strong as his different sense of love for the Archdeacon, Claude Frollo.
Quasimodo loves each person in a different manner, but is truer to the Archdeacon.

The hunchback feels, among other things, a love described as Eros for the Mistress Esmerelda; whereas, for
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Thus the Archdeacon was the only person with whom Quasimodo maintained communication
(p.65). The hunchback feels a sense of love based on comradery and years of relations. He deeply admires Claude
Frollo's religious faith and charity: that is, the charity shown to Quasimodo when he was only a young, abandoned boy.
The two men have a complex system of hand gestures and sign language which they use to communicate with each other. This illustrates their mutual correspondence and understanding.
Through these experiences and this upbringing, Quasimodo develops a Philial love for the Archdeacon.

In the timeframe of this story, the late 1400's and early 1500's, the Catholic Church is a major factor and authority in virtually all of a town's laws, transactions and business. This being the case, holding the position as
Archdeacon, or head of the church, is a much coveted occupation. Quasimodo admires the Archdeacon's powerful position. The hunchback himself enjoys authority as he possesses the power of rule over people. This is visible when he is elected Pope of Fools: “Quasimodo let himself be decked out in them with a kind of proud docility. He was then made to sit down on a brightly colored litter. Twelve officers of the Brotherhood of Fools lifted it to their shoulders. A bitter
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