Essay on Phantom of the Opera

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Phantom of the Opera

     In the novel, Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux, we are introduced to a character known to everyone as the mysterious Opera Ghost. His character in this book is very complex.
Although the Opera Ghost is very ugly physically and mentally, through his actions, we can find much beauty.
     During the masked ball we are given, what the reader believes at the time, a very good physical description of the Opera Ghost. At the masked ball the Opera Ghost does a perfect job imitating death. “The Grim Reaper himself must have posed for it,” the on looking crowd would comment. But the hideous thing that he wears upon his head is, in fact, only a mask.
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Erik truly was ugly, not only physically, but mentally.
     We are given our first example of Erik’s beauty when Raoul is spying on Christine in her dressing room. He starts to hear a beautiful sound that seems to coming all around him. He sees no one in the room, but the music starts to get louder and more definite. “A voice that unites all extremes at once,”(103), Raoul tells, without knowing of the ugliness of the character from which it comes. Raoul continues to praise the voice as, “heroically sweet..., so delicate in strength, so strong in delicacy, and so irresistibly triumphant,(103). This clearly shows that, without knowing the physical ugliness of the Opera Ghost, a body could enjoy his beautiful voice.
     Another example of Erik’s beauty comes through his love of Christine. At the end of the novel the Opera Ghost is talking to the Persian. The Persians asks Erik why he decided to spare the live of himself, as well as the life of his enemy, Viscount Raoul de Chagny. “I(Opera Ghost), felt her tears dropping on my forehead..., I took off my mask and she didn’t die..., I then heard her say, ‘poor, unhappy Erik’ and from then on I was only a poor dog,”(263). “I (Erik), told her that she could marry her young man..., it was like cutting my own heart into little pieces,”(264).
Through Erik’s selfless
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