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Hunchback of Notre Dame

She does in the book, but not in the movies

MMDE: Esmeralda is rescued and lives in the movies

Current: In the original book she dies

Victor Hugo's classic "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" was wriiten in 1831. It tells the famous tale of the unfortunate hunchback, Quasimodo, who was deformed and made deaf from his bell-ringing in the rafters of the Parisian cathederal, and his love for the gypsy girl Esmeralda.

In the book, she is actually rescued by him at one point and taken into the catherdral, where he cries "Sanctuary! Sanctuary!". However, things don't work out and she does die at the end.

There have been many movies and remakes, including the 1927, 1939 and Disney versions, but in each of these she lives at the end. Is this just the Hollywood effect or something else at work here?