November 17, 1999
Phantom of the Opera
In the novel, Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux, we are introduced to a character
Although the Opera Ghost is very ugly physically and mentally, through his actions, we can find
was, ?Made up entirely of death,?(138). He was so disgustingly ugly that, ?his mother would
never let him kiss her, she would throw his mask at him and run away,?(263). Poor Erik?s life
knows nothing but ugliness.
We see more of the Opera Ghost?s ugliness when we read of the Persians description of
There is also a tree with a Punjab Lasso. The Opera Ghost?s idea of torture was not so much
victims while they were going mad. 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
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
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
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
Through Erik?s selfless love for Christine we find his beauty.