Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Love Can Hurt Love can both be a wonderful thing, and something that may cause a painful heartbreak. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, love is shown as both of these. Phoebus is one of the characters that brings out the love theme, but not always in the right way. He is likely to use his handsome looks and charm to make women fall in love with him but he ends up not loving them back. Phoebus's sensitivity of how a woman should be treated is one of his flaws that overcame in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. One of the women that Phoebus disrespected in this book is his fiancé, Fleur-de-Lys de Gondelaurier. Although they were soon to be married, it always seemed like a task for Phoebus to show any sort of compassion for his fiancé. For instance, at the engagement party of the couple, which should be a very happy event full of love, Phoebus wasn't too concerned with being romantic. "Discomfort and boredom were written clearly on all his features" (105 Hugo). It was very rude and disrespectful towards Fleur-de-Lys and her mother when Phoebus didn't at least pretend to have a good time at the event. Along with his wife to be, Phoebus also disrespected Esmeralda. After the case at the mansion when Esmeralda's goat spelled out "Phoebus" he realized that Esmeralda was crazy for him. "Fleur-de-Lys ran over and shuddered. The letters arranged on the floor spelled out this word: PHOEBUS" (113 Hugo). Phoebus used his knowledge of Esmeralda’s feelings towards him to his advantage. He set up an appointment with her to meet at the end of the Pont Saint-Michel. During their get together, many words of love were exchanged. For example, when Phoebus said "My body, my blood, my soul, everything is for you! Yes I love you and I've never loved anyone but you" (148 Hugo). When Esmeralda heard this, she was willing to do anything for Phoebus, even if it involved going against her morals. But

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