The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

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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...