What inspired Victor Hugo to write one of his most famous works, The Hunchback of Notre Dame? Published in 1831, the novel has been adapted into plays and movies throughout the years. Here we will explore why Hugo wrote this now classic novel.
Victor Hugo was a French poet and novelist active during the early 19th century. He was known for his passionate views on politics, as well as his contribution to literature. One of his most famous works is The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This novel was set in Paris during the 15th century and follows protagonist Quasimodo and his struggles with love, justice, and identity.
Hugo wrote this novel because he was interested in the history of Paris and wanted to create a story that would be set in such a recognizable place. During this time period, the Notre Dame Cathedral was one of the most famous landmarks in the city and its presence can be felt throughout the novel. The cathedral itself acts as a character within this work, as it provides both physical refuge for Quasimodo as well as spiritual guidance throughout his journey.
In addition to exploring architecture and history, Hugo also used this novel to highlight social issues within Parisian society at the time such as poverty, crime, prejudice against certain classes or religions, and injustice towards female characters. Through these themes, he hoped to spark conversations about change within society.