The Hunchback of Notre-Dame｜Inspirational Quotes on Love, Life and Trauma
“Excess of grief, like excess of joy is a violent thing …The heart of man cannot remain long in one extremity.”
― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
“to be fair to him, his viciousness was perhaps not innate. From his earliest steps among men he had felt, then seen himself the object of jeers, condemnation, rejection. Human speech for him always meant mockery and curses. As he grew older he had found nothing but hatred around him….He had acquired the general viciousness. He had picked up the weapon with which he had been wounded.”― Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris
“I bear the dungeon within me; within me is winter, ice, and despair; I have darkness in my soul.”― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
“One drop of wine is enough to redden a whole glass of water.”― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
“He left her. She was dissatisfied with him. He had preferred to incur her anger rather than cause her pain. He had kept all the pain for himself.”― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
In the words of director Travis Pierce, “The story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame is timeless. It questions ‘What makes a monster, and what makes a man?’…we come back to that question again and again.” Pride is the capital sin among the seven deadly sins in the Bible. Pride incites conflicts, sense of superiority, prejudice and discrimination. I would say, anger brings out the worst version of human beings. People who are irritable are wounded angry souls. The story grapples with controversial issues such as lust and infanticide. It is absolutely Disney’s darkest story.
There are depths and shadows to the story. It touches on social injustice, races, human nature, discrimination and crime. There are two heroes who both love the same woman. Heartbreak is inevitable, but life can be beautiful without perfection. No one can be truly happy if he tries hard to hide his imperfection.
According to the Bible, everyone will have hard lessons in life, including the chosen ones. God will test the genuineness of the faith of the righteous before He rewards people the tickets of heaven. Evil deed and virtue will be rewarded in due course. According to the Bible, God will punish the wicked in due course in His way. According to the Bible, be aware of the danger of little faith. According to the Bible, love covers a multitude of sins.
Weaknesses of Human Beings
Human beings are judgmental. Quasimodo’s uncle, the Cathedral Archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo covers his inner corruption with saintly exterior. Frollo adheres to a strict set of rules with little room for forgiveness and Esmeralda practices love and mercy. Everyone faces moral choices in their lives. Esmeralda does not pray for herself. Instead, she prays for God to save people from poverty and oppression. Frollo is self-righteousness and Esmeralda is selfless and generous. Quasimodo was forced to live in isolation and he was gullible and innocent.
All the characters are real and imperfect. Quasimodo is stubborn and rude. Esmeralda and Phoebus keep rebelling against injustice. Frollo is god-fearing and yet terrifyingly cruel, self-righteous, prideful and manipulative. He fails to see his sins. The story presents a landscape of flawed individuals that could be found anywhere in real life. The leading lady Esmeralda is an outcast due to her race. She is assertive, fearless and compassionate to the weak and the oppressed. She stands up to Frollo and claims justice as Quasimodo is publicly humiliated by the crowds.
Director Terri Brown’s says that “Romantics believed that human existence is complicated by dualities and is often divided against itself with humanity longing for an ideal existence or society. ”I believe in beauty and wickedness of human beings, like compassion, prejudice and hatred.
Our faith affects how we treat ourselves and others around us. It’s quite easy to point out others’ faults. Most people are not aware of their own faults and I was one of them. As I become more aware of my own faults, life gets better.
There are no deep connections without trust. Nevertheless, it’s so hard to give full trust to someone after going through betrayals in life.
Margaret W. Lavigne
Wise Library 1985
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