Cathedral of Notre Dame

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The Cathedral of Notre Dame is one of the most important examples of Gothic architecture. It plays a major role in the story of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’ The Film director of the 1923 movie makes the audience have a very different take on the Cathedral than a historian such as Stoddard would have people view the structure. Whitney Stoddard and Wallace Worsley portray the same building but in dramatically different ways because if the different set of circumstances through which they “use” the building. The director of the 1923 movie adaptation of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ Wallace Worsley, uses the Cathedral as the setting for the film. The architectural significance is not as important as being able to transform the Cathedral into a sign of the oppression of Quasimodo. The bell towers are emphasized as his lair of sorts, but more like a prison. A prison for a deformed, half-blind man is a very different image than a historian would paint of the majestic building. The grand scale of the Cathedral of Notre Dame is a great place for the setting because of the grand scale and the aesthetics of Gothic architecture. The flying buttresses provide a sort of playground for Quasimodo as we see him swinging down the side of the building but it also gives the feeling of his own personal prison because he can’t escape outside of the bars. Notre Dame also is a very dark cathedral though it does have windows. This reinforces the concept that it is not a place to live, and dark is associated with evil, which the town tries to make Quasimodo out to be. Whitney Studdard, however, would look at the importance of the architectural features and see how they revolutionized architecture whereas Worsley would see them as a nice backdrop for the movie and use them to set the scene, while not focusing on the historical significance. All of the pillars in the Cathedral are

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