The Phantom of the Opera Questions and Answers

The Phantom of the Opera

The many strange goings-on at the Paris Opera House can be attributed to the trickery of Erik, the titular phantom. On one level, this means that all these weird events—such as the mysterious death...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2020 6:16 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera is set at the Paris Opera House, also known as Palais Garnier. The real-life opera house was opened in 1875 and was designed by Charles Garnier. It was commissioned by...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2020 11:33 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

The central conflict in The Phantom of the Opera is between Erik, or the Phantom, and Christine, his pupil and love interest. The trouble is that the Phantom is in love with Christine, but...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2017 11:18 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

Here are a few for starters: The cript of Christine's father is a symbol--the family name is DAAE pronounced "die" and she undoubtedly thinks of death as a friend having been orphaned and...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2008 12:02 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

The historical style of Phantom of the Opera is the gothic tale. In many of these tales, such as Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, the house that is the setting...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2018 1:50 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

There are a lot of important characters in the Phantom of the Opera, so I will try to list them all: The Phantom of the Opera (aka Erik, the Opera Ghost, and the Angel of Music): titular character,...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016 12:07 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

When the opera is sold, the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera sends the new owners a letter. He lists several rules for the use of Box 5, which is the best seat in the house. He says that Box 5...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2011 2:41 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

Your question is a little vague. There are in effect two endings to the "story," and you don't indicate which "ending" you are asking about. The reason there are two endings is that the story of...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013 1:48 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

The author uses the phantom as a symbol to represent the differences between what is only appearance and what is, indeed, reality. The fact that he wears a the mask is a cue to his need to be seen...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2009 10:43 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

There are far more than three, but I will choose the most outstanding symbols from The Phantom of the Opera. First, and easily most recognizable, is the mask worn by Erik. The mask symbolizes the...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2019 8:16 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

"The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux is a novel about a mysterious "phantom" who lives in an opera house. The story begins as old opera directors are handing over the opera house to new...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2009 6:57 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by Gaston Leroux, in which the phantom is a real person, as we discover after getting familiar with the story. The phantom, or Erik, hides behind this made up,...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2015 4:18 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

Beginning the movie with a black and white picture is an aesthetic ploy to create a feeling of nostalgia in spite of the beginning of the movie being only the end of the story. Some years have...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 3:00 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

One external conflict is between Erik, the Phantom, and the new Opera directors. They believe the Phantom is nothing more than a legend, at worst a bad joke, and do not comply with any of the...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013 12:19 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

There are a lot of themes in Phantom of the Opera which resonate in modern society. One which comes to mind is the theme of social ostracism and how it can contribute to warping people's behavior....

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018 9:09 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom gives Christine a gold ring that she loses in Chapter XIII, if that's what you're referring to. It's not much of a gift, though, at least not one given in the spirit of generosity,...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2016 7:16 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

This is a really interesting question, and biblical application is not something that immediately comes to mind in The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Nevertheless, there are many biblical...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2014 7:54 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

In the novel by Gaston Leroux, the Phantom rides a horse called Cesar, "the white horse in the Profeta." This horse is stolen from a stable of twelve horses near the beginning of the story; the...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2018 10:10 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

In "The Phantom of the Opera" as Christine is giving her final performance of Faust, the Phantom or Erik, kidnaps her while she is singing a particularly moving aria. The aria is one in which she...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2009 6:46 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

This theme is a recurring one in the novel, and though it takes a few different forms, it is, of course, most obviously personified in the character of the Phantom himself. For example, he presents...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018 10:24 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

This question has already been asked and answered here on eNotes. Here is a link for you: http://www.enotes.com/phantom-opera/q-and-a/what-themes-motifs-book-phantom-opera-24353

Latest answer posted August 11, 2011 1:38 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

The predominant theme of The Phantom of the Opera is the divide between appearance and reality. The theatrical setting itself emphasizes this theme, since theater is all about creating an illusion...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 7:50 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

Revenge plays a significant role in Phantom of the Opera. In particular, descriptions and stories about Erik (the real name of the phantom), reveal the complex roots and reasons for his revengeful...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2020 8:54 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

Vicomte is a title of a French nobleman that means count. Phillippe de Chagny is the count in this case, and he has a brother named Raoul. The de Chagny family is one of the oldest, most...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2007 11:20 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

Erik, the Phantom, was born deformed. Leroux uses this information to demonstrate that even from birth and childhood, Erik had to fight for his place in society and acceptance. His own mother...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2009 9:08 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

In Chapter 12 of The Phantom of the Opera, Christine and Raoul escape to the top of the building and stroll along the tin roof watching Paris below. The Phantom follows them without their knowing...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2009 5:30 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

According to Leroux, the story is based on a real ghost story about the Paris Opera House. There was a mysterious death of a opera singer during the time period. Eventually the story came to...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2008 9:20 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

As Raoul discovers more about Christine's relationship with her Angel of Music, it becomes clear that she not only fears and admires Erik but pities him. The first time Christine demonstrates her...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2021 9:01 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

This is such a great novel/musical! The main conflicts of man vs. man in this work are:1. The phantom vs. the directors of the opera. The phantom has long given his orders to the directors to...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2008 9:28 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

I don't believe that Christine is wicked. Most of her actions and choices are not based on selfishness or a desire to harm others (emotionally or physically). She is simply a naive girl. Leroux...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2009 1:34 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

The ideal way to choose a theme is to find some aspect of the story that really interests you. Although a general theme is a good starting point, in a paper for a class you might want to focus...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2017 7:54 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

For starters, you've got the retiring directors of the opera telling the new ones about the Phantom and his demands. They go against them thinking the entire thing a joke and they receive a letter...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2007 1:09 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

Enotes is a great source to find summaries, critiques and analyses of many different books. I provided a link below that will lead you to 3 different critiques. The second link provides a...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2008 12:51 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

Whether one should consider later film adaptations or Gaston Leroux`s original novel, The Phantom of the Opera, more effective really depends not on the works themselves but on the audience and...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2012 3:58 pm UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

It's interesting that more people know more of the Webber musical than the novels or the plays. It might one of the few instances where Broadway has eclipsed the literature that gave rise to it....

Latest answer posted September 19, 2009 5:41 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

It is always interesting to think about the early lives of fictional characters, isn't it? The Phantom is particularly interesting because we want to know how he came to be the way he is. There...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2009 10:04 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

If you want to write about the theme of identity, why not try to compare the phantom to the main character in the book The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue. That character also struggles with...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2008 5:16 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

The initial inciting "incident"--or "crisis," we might say!--in Gaston Leroux's novel The Phantom of the Opera occurs after the new directors of the Paris Opera House, Armand Moncharmin and Firmin...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2016 4:30 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

Veracity is the quality of being real or true, whereas verisimilitude is something that only appears to be true. Based on the prologue, Gaston Leroux is trying to invoke veracity—he repeatedly...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019 12:51 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

For a character list of The Phantom of the Opera, I would like to redirect you to the link noted below. There is also other information about the setting, themes, and plot that may also be of use...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2009 1:50 am UTC

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The Phantom of the Opera

Raoul dreams that he sees two eyes at the foot of his bed. He believes that they are the eyes of Erik, the phantom, and actually shoots his revolver in the direction.

Latest answer posted September 12, 2007 1:19 am UTC

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