Disney’s adaptation of the story The Hunchback of Notre Dame emphasizes Douglas Baynton’s point that disability has become a means to justify particular individual’s ostracism from our society. This movie based off the book by Victor Hugo features a hunchback bell-ringer named Quasimodo who has spent his life displaced from the rest of society with only his imaginary gargoyle friends and his Master as a form of social interaction.
The fact that Quasimodo is portrayed as having a Master who manages him and only having imaginary friends implies to the viewer that he is both incapable of being a normal, self-governing human and engaging in social interaction with normal people.
Additionally, it is intended that viewers of the film simply accept the normality of Quasi’s ostracized life, using the animation of his physical deformity as a means for justification. We are not left wondering why he is not welcome at the annual festival, since we see his character portrayed clearly as a cripple– as if that were justification enough.
Would you say that the idea of “normality” has been used in society as a means of managing and categorizing populations?