Titus 1: 15-16 “…But to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.”
This is how Frollo’s character is described at the beginning of the movie: “Judge Claude Frollo longed to purge the world of vice and sin. And he saw corruption everywhere except within.”
The irony, of course, is that Frollo projects his own corruption onto everything and everyone around him; he just doesn’t realize it. It’s hard for anyone to realize that not everyone thinks like them. But maybe I’m projecting when I say that. The thing is, I’ll never find out without listening to another person’s point of view. One caveat, don’t just listen to people who you know have the same point of view as you. Just, trust me on that. God is bigger than you think He is. I’m telling myself that too…
Wait, this is about Frollo.
I strongly believe that the world looks the cruelest to those people who are themselves, cruel. During the first song, The Bells of Notre Dame, Frollo wanted to drown Quasimodo. He says to the archdeacon in reference to Quasimodo, “This is an unholy demon. I’m sending it back hell where it belongs.” But then later when he’s talking to Quasimodo, Frollo says, “When your heartless mother abandoned you as a child, anyone else would have drowned you.” He is projecting his own darkness onto others. He is a deceiver. He deceives both himself and others because he has to look at others as even worse than himself. If he didn’t he might actually have to acknowledge his own sins.
The thing is, no one is immune to doing evil. But if you can demonize another group and say that all people from that group has some inherently bad quality, then no matter how depraved you are you can always say “Well, at least I’m not as bad as those people.” And therefore you are able to deflect examining your own character.
“All my life you’ve told me that the world is a dark and cruel place, but now I see that the only thing dark and cruel about it is people like you!” – Quasimodo
What’s so troubling about Frollo is how fully he’s able to convince himself that he is on the side of righteousness. Maybe you’re thinking, “Well… But he’s a cartoon villain! He’s evil and that’s all there is to it. Real people aren’t like that!” Well… Aren’t you an innocent little lamb, voice that is probably only in my own head? We’ll talk more later.