Gothic Elements In The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

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Many films representing the time period from the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries contain various Gothic architecture elements. Gothic architecture flourished during the medieval period and was commonly seen in the architecture of churches and cathedrals. During this period, cities and universities began to grow immensely. The rise of humanism also accompanied the Gothic period as people began to focus more on the importance of humans rather than supernatural items. In churches, people began to feel more accepted rather than shunned for their sins because of the gothic elements incorporated into the church architecture. The gothic elements are clearly shown throughout various scenes in the Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Specifically, …show more content…
A typical building with Gothic characteristics can be seen with pointed arches, flying buttresses, ribbed vaults, and large windows. Some even have tracery, towers, pinnacles, and stain glassed windows. These characteristics help make the church seem more inviting instead fearful like the Romanesque style churches. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the outside of the church can be seen with pointed arches, multiple towers, and large windows. The pointed arches helped make the building more eclectic and is one of the most notable features of the Gothic time period. The towers brought length to the church which was common to see in buildings that contained Gothic architecture. The length was significant in showing the church’s aspiration towards heaven. The towers also add to the height of the church and make it appear more welcoming to the people. Not only do the windows bring in more light to the church, they are usually long in length which helps give the church a lengthier appearance. As mentioned before, the windows help bring in more light to the church to make it seem more welcoming. The movie scene better resembles the large windows from the interior of the church but can still be seen for a brief moment on the exterior of the church. Overall, the Hunchback of Notre Dame correctly depicts the Gothic style architecture that one would normally see during this

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