Book Report of Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris is widely known as a romantic novel which is written by
the eminent French writer Victor Hugo in 1831. Victor Hugo is the leader of 19th century romantic literature movement and a representative of humanitarian.
When I was a high school student, I took advantage of my summer vacation time to read this great work. There is no denying that I was moved by the sincere feelings while angry with the darkness. To begin with, I’d prefer to introduce the leading
characters. La Semeralda is a beautiful 16-year-old Gypsy, and she is good at both singing and dancing. Quasimodo is the adopted son of Claude Frollo and the bell-ringer in the church. Claude Frollo is the archdeacon of the Notre-Dame. Phoebus de Chateaupers is a captain of the archers of the King’s troop. Then, I’ll begin to talk
about this story. It began during the Renaissance in 1482, the day of the Festival of Fools in Paris. Claude Frollo was deeply captured by La Semeralda’s extraordinary
dancing, so he ordered Quasimodo to abduct her in order to possess her. However, the girl was saved by Phoebus, and she loved Phoebus immediately. Quasimodo underwent much suffering after being interrogated carelessly. When he was thirsty under the burning sun, La Semeralda gave him water regardless of his previous abducting on her. Later, Frollo carried on intrigue in order to make her sentenced to death because of his jealousy. Quasimodo saved her at the risk of his life and brings her to the asylum in the Notre-Dame. However, being angry with turning down again by La Semeralda, Frollo managed to bring her to the gibbet again. When Quasimodo gradually recognized what his adopted father had done, he was furious and pushed him down from Notre Dame de Paris. Finally, it was almost 2 years later, people found Quasimodo’s skeletons clasp Esmeralda’s tightly.
In brief, this novel gives me a very clear comparison of beauty and ugliness. For instance, Quasimodo was beautiful, although he had a severely ugly appearance. On the contrary, Phoebus was ugly, although he had a handsome appearance, high social state and money. Thus, it can be concluded that virtue is fairer far than beauty, we shouldn’t judge a person by appearances.