My Critique of The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, a treat for lovers of dark, mysterious fiction, see's the life of someone who will do almost anything for love (especially when there is lack of it in their life) from the lives of Erik, The Opera Ghost ('O.G.' for short), and Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny. Both men are in love with the same woman, Christine Daee. Christine is a Swedish soprano at the Paris Opera House who has been singing with her father ever since she was young. Overall, this mysterious romance novel is telling a story about triangle of love with the endearing twist of murders inside the Paris Opera House.
I enjoyed reading this book by Gaston Leroux because of the way he made Erik, The Phantom, out to be. Erik was driven to murder and scare people who got in his way of getting to Christine. “'He (The Phantom) had his deaths head and his dress-coat, just as when he appeared to Joseph Buquet!'”(15). Because Joseph Buquet was near Erik's home, could have almost found Erik and taken him away, Erik had Joseph hanged in one of the old and abandoned scenes near the lower portion of the opera house. Call me crazy, but I like the fact that Erik is a murderer yet can be the sweetest gentleman when it comes to his one and only. It makes Leroux's novel “his”. Christine said “He would commit murder for me”(124). Erik is not necessarily human, with his deformities and all, but he feels love just like one would and does all the crazy actions that love coaxes you into doing. Erik can't be compared to other characters, in my opinion. Gaston Leroux made Erik, Erik. He is no doubt my favourite part and character of The Phantom of the Opera.
Another thing that I liked about The Phantom of the Opera was how Leroux described certain places, people, actions, and objects. He gave details that were in depth which gave off the feeling of everything seeming real. It was easier to get into reading the novel with the plot playing...
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