really existed.? In the prologue of The Phantom of the Opera, written with
the feel of a gothic novel, Mr. Leroux says, ?He was not, as was long
of the young ladies of the ballet, their mothers, the box-keepers, the
cloak-room attendants or the concierge,? he uses this explicit sentence
skeptic, ruining the book for he or she.
When Gaston Leroux says, ?Yes, he existed in flesh and blood,? he
blood? signal to the readers that Erik, an antagonist of many heads,
exists as a phantom to the people around him instead of a real specter,
to the point when Erik receives his poetic justice by meeting his
termination and Raoul, the protagonist, gets his retribution, Gaston Leroux
and he will believe you, tell him the bench has wet paint, and he has to
someone says. Since Leroux knows this, he plants the seed of curiosity
in the reader?s mind, willing them to read on.
Only unreasonable people believe that Erik exists as a ghost. When
?No way a ghost could of done that,? or, ?It is not a ghost because
of…? Only an irrational hillbilly with 9 teeth could think that Erik
exists as a ghost. Then again, why would a hillbilly with 9 teeth read a
fine piece of literature as this?
eloquently stating that, ?the ghost really did exist,? made the story
more believable. A skeptical reader might think that, ?The extremely
high pitch of Carlotta?s voice may have loosened the bolts holding in the
chandelier,? or, ?Frightened, Christine runs away and the ?ghost? gets
blamed.? The tone of this novel would change if it had a, ?The wind
When Gaston Leroux uses the sentence, ?…the kidnapping of Christine
Daa?, the disappearance of the Vicomte de Chagny and the death of his elder
that exists in the lower cellars of the Opera on the Rue-Scribe side,?
he displays that, in fact, the ?ghost,? a living and breathing thing
retribution, attempts to kill many people and secedes in just that.
By outright saying that the ghost exists Leroux gives the readers a
chill that erases all doubt that anything but a ?phantom? is the reason
out what happens next.