One of my friends suggested on Facebook that Quasimodo be my Q. It took only a few minutes for me to buy in to the idea. Talk about unconventional! Unconventional, but no stretch. Not by far.
Series/Book/Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Who He Loved: Esmeralda and…well, just read on.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is, as Clopin states, “a tale of a man, and a monster.”
He’s deformed, yes. Quasi is strong and passionate, talented and caring. Despite his size and shape, he’s a skilled acrobat and can slip effortlessly throughout rafters and rope-swings. His appearance is so startling that it has caused him to live a life of solitude, locked away in the Cathedral bell towers. But by far, Quasimodo is not the monster.
The most compelling thing about him, and the reason he’s being evaluated in the first place, isn’t that he saved lives or changed people. He did – he absolutely did – but it’s more important that he was, in a way, his own Knight in Shining Armor.
Quasi fell for Esmeralda the moment he met her and was immediately taken by her compassion. The two pretty much volleyed saves. For example, Esmeralda saved him from the Festival of the Fools and in return, Quasi saved her after she confronted Frollo shortly afterwards. That didn’t make him her savior, though. Her Prince Charming actually came in the form of fallen knight, Phoebus. Or maybe Esmeralda serves as the Princess Charming for both men. You be the judge. Just keep in mind that Phoebus gave up everything to follow Esmeralda’s footsteps in defending Quasi and the gypsies alike, making them all heroes in the end.
What’s really remarkable is that Quasimodo doesn’t attempt to stop the love he sees blooming between Phoebus and Esmeralda. He could have easily gotten upset or tried to tear them apart. Selfishness just wasn’t something he knew. Something beautiful rises from his heartbreak. See, regardless of his feelings for her, he allows their influence to instead teach him how to love someone far more important.
Despite being raised to believe himself to be the monster, he learns that he is just as important and valuable as any other person out there because he is just that – a person. And in the end, it’s not someone else’s love changing him. It’s his own.
xo – Meli