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Analysis Of Phantom Of The Opera

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Phantom of the Opera is the longest running musical to date, as it has been touring non-stop for 28 years. Phantom is known as being a tremendously heart wrenching performance that centers around a love triangle and angst. The love triangle involves Christine Daae, Raoul, and the Phantom, who is also known as Erik. Christine came to the Opera Populaire as a young child where she grew up mastering the arts when her father passed. The Phantom was a man deformed at birth and was shown in a freak show until he eventually ran away as child and found shelter in the lake beneath the Opera House, where he found Christine and became captivated with her. Raoul, who was once a childhood friend, became a benefactor of the Opera House where he sees Christine…show more content…
As someone who has seen the musical, the movie, and listened to the soundtrack multiple times, there is no one better to analyze this topic with. Christine was never destined to be with the Phantom, a man who embraced her into a toxic relationship through manipulation. Christine’s relationship with Erik was never healthy or mundane and should not be thought of as a relationship that could have lasted in any way. In the musical, she chose to be with Raoul, the man who helped save her from the Phantom’s grasp and end his reign of terror. This should be respected and accepted by the musical’s millions of fans. In "’Christine...Christine’ : A Different Perspective on 'Phantom of the Opera'’ the author states:…show more content…
If they go by this standard, kidnapping her so the Phantom could teach her to sing and attempting to ensnare her in his lair forever was all ‘for’ his and Christine’s relationship. In the article “The Phantom Of The Opera Is A Better Man Than Raoul,” the author includes, “Raoul wanted nothing more than to finish off the Phantom... He would go so far as to put his fiance in harm's way...The Phantom, though murderous, did everything for Christine because he loved her. All he wanted was her love. He wanted to showcase her abilities and hear her sing all the time because it brought him peace in a very troubled life” (Lodge). Though no one can argue against the fact that the Phantom loved Christine, his love and affection do not justify his manipulation or the murders he committed ‘for’ Christine. If anything, it makes this relationship even more dangerous and toxic. In addition, a fan on the forum “Walk in Christine’s shoes… would you choose Phantom or Raoul?” added, “I would personally chose the phantom...I would rather die at the hands of someone who loved me, then by [someone] who... thought they loved me after they saw me on stage [Raoul]” (CountessDaae). This shows how people romanticize the manipulative relationship with a dangerous