The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

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What are the themes of The Phantom Of Opera?

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There are several themes that carry throughout the novel (and which have been also used effectively in the Broadway musical version) that are enduring and reflect not only the society at the time the piece is set but also are equally appropriate reflections of the modern world. This is one of the reasons that the piece has had such an enduring popularity.

The first is the element of appearance as a "mask" for reality. People are not always as they appear. Of course, Erik is the example that comes most easily to mind. He hides his disfigured face behind a mask, he moves in and out of the hidden underground corridors using his knowledge of them to craft the illusion that he is a "phantom" as well as to take that illusion one step further to appear to Christine as her "Spirit of Music" when she is most ready to...

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