I found myself relating strongly to the themes of the musical. The female protagonist Christine wants to use music to get over the loss of her father, while the antagonist, the Phantom, wants to be accepted and loved despite his jarring appearance. He uses creativity through music to express his feelings instead of bottling them up inside. Over the years, there has been numerous adaptations of the original novel, The Phantom of the Opera, written by Gaston Leroux.
Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. The Phantom falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles.
Christine follows his instruction under the belief that he is her Angel of Music. A guardian bestowed upon her as her father’s dying wish. The only obstacle in The Phantom’s schemes of keeping Christine to himself is Vicomte de Chagny or better known as Raoul, Christine’s childhood friend.
“That fate which condemns me to wallow in blood, has also denied me the joys of the flesh … This face – the infection which poisons our love … This face, which earned a mother’s fear and loathing … A mask, my first unfeeling scrap of clothing … Pity comes too late – turn around and face your fate: an eternity of this before your eyes!” — Erik, Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom’s Plight
Imaginations stirs in the fragile minds of my spectators drafted by intoxicating melodies born on the fleeting words of the Angel of Music.
A phantom mask to act as a cage. to hold back the monstrosity that denies me my true love. I helped your melodies take flight and in return all I ask of you, is to free me from the prison of my mind. Using your sirens call to lure me away from this dismal plane as deep as Hell.
Pushing past the point of no return for these lucid fantasies I once desired. turn into ravenous nightmares I can no longer escape from.
So, I must wake from this deluded daydream. Accepting the bleak sensibility of my grim misfortune. Never basking in the joys of my lover’s flesh against me.
“No more talk of darkness. Forget these wide-eyed fears, I’m here. Nothing can harm you. My words will warm and calm you. Let me be your freedom. Let daylight dry your tears. I’m here, with you, beside you, to guard you and to guide you.” — Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, Phantom of the Opera
Personal View After seeing the film, I was fortunate to see the live performance of the Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and was delighted to see that the movie succeeds in adapting the musical to another form of media. It’s hard to distinguish which version of the musical I prefer more.
The Phantom of the Opera
Despite which version of Gaston Leroux, it allows the fan to enjoy the characters and the story in a way that speaks to them. I personally enjoy the film adaptation of the musical, since the actors were able to make the characters more relatable. I would advise engaging in all the version of the story to best understand which form speaks to you.
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