The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Essay

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Victor Hugo The Hunchback of Notre Dame Author: Victor Hugo was born on the 26th of February 1802 in Besançon as the son of an officer. From a child he traveled around a lot with his father, where he got to know Spain, the island Elba and Italy.At the age of fifteen he was awarded a price at his academy in Paris for an ode and since that time he gave his undivided attention to literature. He became leader of romanticism, for special because of hid drama "Hernani". Besides Victor Hugo got delegate of chamber of Paris where he stayed until his death. He died on 22nd of Mai 1885 in Paris.About: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (Original title: "Notre-Dame de Paris") is a historical novel of Romanticism. It is consists of a preface and ten chapters.Essence and Interpretation: The first two chapters describe Paris in the late middle ages. At the day of "Festival of Fools", it was the 6th January of 1482, a "Prince of Fools" will be chosen. This infamous distinction, which is bestowed every year on the ugliest man present at the festival, falls to Quasimodo, whose bulging forehead, apelike arms, and hunched back elicit mock cheers from the heartless throng which "coronates" Quasimodo. His master Dom Claude Frollo archdeacon of Notre-Dame dislikes that, and he puts a stop to Quasimodo. But Frollo likes the girl Esmeralda whom Quasimodo has danced with, so late that evening, the two embark from the cathedral to kidnap her, only to be thwarted by the handsome Captain Phoebus de Châteaupers. Gringoire a penniless poet who had seen everything and stood by helplessly, while looking for a place to sleep, wanders into a disreputable quarter of Paris, the center of the truands (= Paris Underworld). There he is to be hang unless a woman presents consents to marry him. Esmeralda, who arrives at the last moment keeps him from death.In the third chapter Victor Hugo also tells about Notre-Dame and Paris in the 15. Century, however unbridled he narrates wide and works up a great part of Paris history.The fourth chapter lets us know, that Dom Claude Frollo has found Quasimodo in front of the church and teased him up. Besides the two characters are being related.The fifth chapter is also a flashback us where we are told, that even King Louis XI has been taught alchemy by Frollo.In the sixth chapter the story continues with the hearing of the attempted kidnapping. A...

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