THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
other precursors of modern superheroes, such as the Hunchback of Notre
Dame and Frankenstein’s creature, Erik balances sympathy with horror,
admiration with revulsion. Set in one of the most beautiful buildings in
Europe, this story of the love triangle between the phantom, the young
peasant-born opera singer he loves, and the dashing viscount who she
loves, was written as a thriller, and it continued to excite the
imaginations of readers into the twenty-first century.
Christine Daae was brought up in the Paris Opera house when her famous
musician father suddenly dies, telling her he will send her an angel of
music to look after her. She grows up and discovers that she is hearing
a voice, telling her and teaching her to sing. She believes he is the
angel of music but in fact he is a disfigured genius, The Phantom, who
falls in love with her. Although she is fascinated and drawn towards the
phantom, she falls in love with her childhood sweetheart Raoul, the
Vicomte de Chagny. The phantom gets madly jealous, kidknapps Christine,
and threatens to kill Raoul. To save Raoul, she agrees to marry the
phantom and kisses him. He then realizes what he has done and then lets
Christine go with Raoul, disappearing forever.
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