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Shvoong Home>Books>Romance>The Phantom of the Opera Review

The Phantom of the Opera

Book Review   by:Naiade     Original Author: Gaston Leroux
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This abstract was translated from O Fantasma da Ópera
 

Le Fantôme de l''Opéra (The Phantom of the Opera in Portuguese) is a French novel written by Gaston Leroux and was published in 1910. Adapted many times for movies and performances by theater, reached its peak to be adapted for Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe. It is the most musical ever seen.
The action of the novel takes place in the nineteenth century in Paris, the Opera of Paris, a luxurious and monumental building, built between 1857 and 1874. Employees, faced with events and accidents without any explanation, saying that the Opera is haunted by a ghost. And, indeed, since long time ago one child came to live there in the Opera´s underground near a water course. Fled from activities where a public malefactor out as the son of the devil. Under a face deformed and with a dark personality that never met the light of the sun, he took possession of the place as the world and sought to control it. The Ghost at a certain point blackmail the two directors of the Opera, requiring him to continue to pay a salary of 20 thousand francs monthly, and reserve him the cabin number five in all performances.

However, the young and inexperienced dancer (and later singer) Christine Daae, believe to be guided by an "Angel of Music", supposedly sent by his father after his death. Suddenly some prominence in the Opera stage when she faced replace Carlotta, the arrogant diva of the show. Christine wins the hearts of the audience in its first action, including the love of his childhood and also sponsor the theater, Viscount Raoul de Chagny.
This angel that fascinates Christine is the key to her success as a singer, but her heart only requires an uncontrollable fascination for this man without face. Her love belongs to Viscount Raoul. Erik, the Phantom, does not like the relationship between Christine and Raoul and takes her to its "world" underground, a place cold and dark. She realizes that her "Angel of Music" is actually the ghost who terrorises the Opera. Then discovers that he is physically deformed in his face, When she looks at the real face, Christine enter into shock. The Phantom decides to hold her in his world.

Christine faces an internal struggle between her love for Raoul and her fascination for the genius of the character of the Phantom. But Raoul decide to marry in secret and escape the reach of Paris and the Phantom. But his plan is discovered during a performance and in the Opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod, Christine is kidnapped and taken the stage to the underground labyrinths of the Opera. And it is here where the final confrontation between Christine, the Phantom and Raoul Viscount take place. Christine is forced to choose between the Phantom and Raoul. Christine chooses the Phantom in order to save the lives of people in the Opera, as the Phantom of the Opera threatened to destroy Paris, putting many lives at risk if Christine choose to stay with Raoul.
The Phantom Raoul hostage keeps him in place most distant of the Opera underground. When the ghost returns to Christine, she expects him as a real bride, then she dares to give him a kiss on the forehead, which it accepts or reject it without horror show. This simple act brought an immense joy to Erik, for the first time in life was treated as an ordinary person. The two begin to cry and Erik tells Christine that she can go and get married to Raoul, the man she loves. The only thing he asks is that when he die, to bury him with the ring he had given to her. Christine and Raoul go away and never be seen. Erik dies three weeks later. The announcement of his death was made by a Persian in a newspaper. Years later, a skeleton was found in underground of the Opera, and next to the skeleton, was a gold ring, the same as Erik had given to Christine, indicating that she had fulfilled her promise.

Published: June 05, 2009   
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