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After reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame written by Victor Hugo one can ask if the character is truly in love or just lusting for the body The morose Claude Frollo the Archdeacon of Notre Dame is tempted by the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda Quasimodo the hunchback longs for the true love of Esmeralda who is unable to see past his ugliness Lastly Esmeralda falls madly in love with the captain Phoebus who only cares for her body In the book The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo Hugo demonstrates the difference between being in love with beauty on the inside and lusting for the beauty on the outside Claude Frollo has always been tempted and tested by the beauty of women but has always been able to control it However when Esmeralda shines upon his eyes Frollo could not resist Frollo does not love Esmeralda because she is kind or courteous but falls in love with her irresistible beauty Entrapped in the dark surroundings of a dungeon Claude says to Esmeralda I wanted to see you again touch you know who you were see if I would find you identical with the ideal image of you which had remained with me and perhaps shatter my dream with the aid of reality Hugo pg 302 Frollo confesses this to Esmeralda after she is brutally punished because of Frollo If Frollo truly loves Esmeralda he would not have watched her suffer but instead try to save her Unlike Claude Frollo others are able to see her true beauty from within Quasimodo has loved only two things Notre Dame and Claude Frollo Quasimodo is quite content with all Notre Dame has to offer until he sees the true beauty of Esmeralda Quasimodo desperately receives a drink of water from Esmeralda falls in love with her Quasimodo returns the favor by A big tear flowed out of his dry and bloodshot eye and it trickled slowly down his
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