The Hunchback of Notre Dame Study Guide

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a French Gothic novel that tells the tale of Quasimodo, a deaf hunchback who rings the bells of Notre Dame cathedral. His fate becomes entangled with that of the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda when his adoptive father Frollo, the archdeacon of the church, becomes obsessed with her and orders Quasimodo to kidnap her. Esmeralda is later falsely accused of murder and sentenced to death. After Quasimodo saves her, the two are betrayed; the novel deals with the themes of class, hypocrisy, sexuality, and romantic love.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Quotes

  • If it could be granted to us, the men of 1830, to mingle in thought with those Parisians of the fifteenth century, and to enter with them, jostled, elbowed, pulled about, into that immense hall of the palace, which was so cramped on that sixth of January, 1482, the spectacle would not be devoid of either interest or charm, and we should have about us only things that were so old that they would seem new.
    • Book 1
  • Oh! que ne suis-je de pierre comme toi!
    • Oh, why am I not of stone, like you?
    • Book 9, chapter 4
  • Quand on voulut le détacher du squelette qu'il embrassait, il tomba en poussière.
    • When they tried to detatch this skeleton from the one it embraced, it crumbled to dust.
    • Book 11, chapter 4

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