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Victor Hugo penned a fantastic picturesque story of passion and the human spirit in The Hunchback of Notre Dame The dramatic emotions of the characters play out on the stage of fifteenth century Paris France Quasimodo a repugnant physical defect of nature lived severed from human contact excepting that of the solemnly aloof priest Claude Frollo For his part Frollo strove for knowledge until he encountered the captivatingly gorgeous gypsy dancer Esmeralda She existed solely to adore an arrogant captain of the Kings Archers named Phoebus de Chateaupers for saving her from being kidnapped Enticed by Esmeraldas dancing to the depths of his being Frollo outwardly denounced her as a sacrilegious sorceress but his body raged for her out of lust accounting for his repeated attempts at having her prohibited from dancing near the cathedral or stolen away Esmeralda furiously in love with Phoebus nearly sacrificed her virtue to gain his heart before Frollo gravely wounded him Tortured into confessing witchcraft and condemned to die by a court with church officials the gypsy enchantress obtained sanctuary in Notre Dame cathedral rescued from the hangmans noose by Quasimodo At this point Frollo attempted to claim Esmeraldas merciful and virtuous heartfelt forgiveness for his passion failing miserably because his efforts appeared feeble and lascivious Frollo and Esmeralda perished however after a storming of the cathedral and gruesome battle dying sacrifices on the altar of human emotion How emotion may exist in a studious and solemn man having only acquired knowledge of books for a score of years seems impossible But desire for Esmeralda arrived after Frollo had discovered that a man needs affection and that a life without tenderness and love is a dry creaking wheel 57 As his fervor for study continued he became more melancholy until the day he glanced upon the gypsy enchantress paralyzed with emotion How such an immovable character transforms into an arduous vulture Hugo explains when he comments with his
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