Esmeralda … my new favorite Disney Princess Heroine

For as long as I can remember Belle, from Beauty and the Beast has been my favorite Disney “Princess” and as I continue in this post please do not think that my love for her has diminished because it hasn’t at all. I have just come to the realization that I love Esmeralda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame more. I remember loving the Hunchback of Notre Dame when I was a little girl. I also remembering it being very controversial because of how sickening Frollo was. A lot of people were upset with the film, including some of my relatives because he was very open with his lust. I think this is maybe why Esmeralda has not been as popular/ inducted into the Disney “Princess World” as I think she should be. I have just rewatched the Hunchback of Notre Dame and I feel like the movie is brilliant. It teaches so many important lessons in a realistic way … well as realistic as Disney can. It brings up issues like lust, prejudice, emotional abuse, accepting others who are different, having a positive self-image, showing kindness, letting God be a part of your life … I could go on. Seriously, I could just go on and on about the brilliant messages taught in this movie. But I think the best part of the movie is Esmeralda.
Esmeralda is a strong, confident woman. She has a fantastic self image, she is kind, she is witty, she can fight back, she is willing to stand up for what is right, she turns to God in her despair, and she treats everyone as an equal. She is smart. And it is clear that people love her. Frollo is burning up Paris to get her and still people will not turn her in. She is respected. She also thinks of others and not just herself. The woman has every quality of a strong woman. I also love her because she still needs help. She can’t do everything alone. She needs people. I don’t know … I just love her.
I also love her relationship with Quasi and Pheobus. Esmeralda and Phoebus are so great together. I love their witty banter. I love that her strength turns Phoebus on. And I love his goodness. I love that they are two individuals that come together rather than it being a thing where they just aren’t complete until they are together. It’s like their completeness makes something fantastic. IF that even makes sense. And I feel like Esmeralda sincerely thinks of Quasi as a good friend. That may suck for Quasi but she is there for him. She really is. And I like that Pheobus and Quasi clearly become friends at the end too. Phoebus is also so cool when it comes to the Quasi situation … he can tell the boy loves her and he never rubs it in Quasi’s face that he has the girl.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Quasi has saved Esmeralda from the flames and he is holding her on the cathedral roof and he yells sanctuary. It literally brings me to tears. Maybe because it shows that the innocent and the good need sanctuary. We all do. Sometimes we need to get away from the world and just be in a place dedicated to God. Not only that but it is such a symbol of God being a protection.

I also love the song “Out There” that is sung from Quasimodo. How he sees the world … I think we forget do often to see how beautiful the world is. I know this whole post is so random and scattered but I just have so many thoughts running through my brain. I love the Hunchback of Notre Dame so much. And I like that we get to see Frollo for the evil guy that he is. All of the other Disney villains are so frequently “dumbed” down … in a melodramatic way. Frollo is just legitimately horrible. He is racist, abusive, murderous and lustful and horrible. And I think it is good know those things are in the world. Monsters exist in the form of humans but so do angels. I just love the movie so much. And Esmeralda is my hero!



  1. Hmmm. It has been such a long time since I watched this movie. I should watch it again. I am sure Isaac would like seeing it.

  2. You may already know this but I just wanted to point out that Belle actually makes an appearance while Quasimodo is singing.. at 2:48 you can see her in the bottom corner reading a book as usual. My two favorite Disney girls in one movie 🙂

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