Victor Hugo- Styles and Themes

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Victor Hugo Many critics would go as far as to say that Victor Hugo was and remains the Charles Dickens of France. Hugo is most well known for the writing of the famous Broadway show and book Les Misérables as well as what became the Disney Hit Hunchback of Notre Dame. A brilliant author, artist, and poet, Hugo is most recognized for his writing of government and revolution. But these themes that are common for many authors to write of have actually deemed Hugo quite unique, so much so that critics have deemed his writing “above any comprehendible human standards.” Edward Rothstein illustrates this in his essay Victor Hugo: A Theme of Good and Evil? Not So Fast. “We keep returning to the French romantic writer even as our films and…show more content…
Many have begun to ask why this theme appears is so prevalent in Hugo’s writing. One popular belief states that since Hugo himself would become a revolutionary, so he would deal with switching sides frequently. Although he was a significant part of the notoriously bloody French Revolution, his true responsibility lies with Ideological Revolution in France, affecting literature, poetry, and art. For exactly this reason, many contend that he greatly resembles Voltaire, only that Voltaire led the Enlightenment, while no official name has been giving for the Revolution of Hugo. In fact, in “The Drama: Its History, Literature and Influence on Civilization, vol. 9” by Alfred Bates, he stated that As Voltaire was the virtual sovereign and universal genius of French literature in the eighteenth century, so with even better right was Victor Hugo in the nineteenth. Both lived to a great age and maintained to the end their literary power and fertility. Both outlived most of the opposition and rivalry which had beset their respective careers, and toward the end enjoyed extraordinary personal triumphs in the capital from which they had long been exiled (page 11). Any reader might assume that due to Hugo’s environment, he would be one who would see things very black and white, before reading his literature. He grew up in a household of two constantly quarrelling parents, his father a general under Napoleon, and his
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