Criminological Theories Portrayed in the Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Criminological Theories Portrayed in the Hunchback of Notre Dame

Alicia L Becker

CJ 6636

Allen Lowery

30 September 2011


The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo displays many of the Criminological theories. The main characters and theme of the movie plays into the theories as well. Some of the theories that are displayed are: Violent Crime, Feeble-mindedness, and Cultural Conflict and Crime. There are many deviant and criminal acts seen throughout.

Criminological Theories Portrayed in the Hunchback of Notre Dame

While watching the film the Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo, there is one common theme that tends to standout throughout the entire movie. There is a major division between the social classes which creates turmoil and crime in this society. Those in the highest class tend to look down on those that are in the lowest class, not understanding why they take the actions they do. When those in lower class, who are considered vagabonds, display what the higher class considers criminal behavior they issue harsh punishment towards them. There is also the social class that includes the church and those that belong to it. The church figures do not want the idealistic views to create change in the society.

The setting for this movie is France after it has been involved in many years of war and the country is trying to rebuild itself. Until this point religion has played a major role in most of the individual’s livelihood. During this time period of the movie many free thinkers come to light with ideas of how to improve the country and philosophers begin popping up. There are many people in the society who do not agree with their ideas, especially those who are in the church. Punishment during this time would not be considered humanistic to those who were born in this day in age. They conducted public punishment that ranged from whippings to killings. Often times, individuals who went against societies...
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