Related Text: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996 Disney film)

It’s been a long while since my last post. I haven’t had much tutoring at all, so not really any inspiration for new posts.

But on Tuesday night, I went to see Black Swan (the new Natalie Portman) film and 20 minutes early in the ticket line, the session was already full! Maybe because it was Black Swan. Maybe because it was cheap Tuesdays. Either way, we ended up going to a friend’s house and watching Lady and the Tramp and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

As the Hunchback started, it occurred to me that this would be a great classic Disney film to do as a related text for Belonging!

Related Text Potential:

Area of Study: Belonging

Here are a few points to think about:

  • How does Quasimodo’s relationship with Frollo demonstrate the concepts of ownership and obedience in Belonging?
  • What prevents Quasimodo, Esmeralda (and the gypsies), and Phoebus from belonging?
    • Is their lack of belonging a matter of choice?
    • How do these characters demonstrate the concepts of individuality and prejudice in Belonging?
  • The outcasts form their own sense of belonging, despite their exclusion from the main society. How is this shown?
  • How does the film demonstrate the deep need for belonging through Quasimodo?


3 comments for “Related Text: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996 Disney film)

  1. webbyrach
    February 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Hmm, Disney movies do not really go down too well at the marking centre, and I should know! They cannot exactly compete with texts such as Heart of Darkness or Life of Pi now can they? Suggesting Disney is misleading, as most “good” teachers who have marked this section know you dont use ANY Disney movie as a related text 🙂

    • hannah
      October 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Yeah but The Fox And The Hound, is a great example of belonging and it isn’t at all misleading. Belonging gets showed in different ways and it even shows barriers to belonging. Pretty much the whole the film has to do with belonging. The story and overall message is pretty powerful and strong. While I agree we shouldn’t write about any Disney movies for a related text in the HSC for belonging. I have to say, the ONLY exception would be The Fox And The Hound and I think you would be able to get away with it.

      Also some Disney movies like The Hunchback Of Norte` Dame were based off books written by other authors, but the same storyline and characters were kept. So it shouldn’t be a problem.

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