Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

One of the most popular Gothic cathedrals in the world is the subject of a famous book entitled Notre-Dame de Paris, a book whose author is the French writer Victor Hugo. The book has as main characters Quasimodo, the bell ringer of Notre Dame, an ugly hunchback, also a legend of the cathedral, and Esmeralda, a gypsy dancer. The place of action of the novel is the city of Paris in its center being the cathedral.

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The action takes place in 1482, when a monk, Claude Frollo, falls for a dancer who performs in front of the cathedral, violating her vows. He tries to conquer her, but fails because Esmeralda is in love with Phoebus – who is engaged and has to choose between two women – and gives her to the police. Quasimodo saves her and houses her in the cathedral, but the gypsy is betrayed and hanged, not long after she has found her lost mother. After finding out what the archdeacon did, Quasimodo kills him, leaving him to fall from top of the cathedral.

Within 100 years, there have been several movies based on Hugo’s work, Notre-Dame de Paris. Also, the cathedral and Victor Hugo’s novel were the starting point for many plastic and musical creations that continue to delight viewers from worldwide.