So I am on the last day of the Phantom of the Opera 30-Day challenge. It’s a bittersweet ending. So much has happened throughout the time it took me to complete the challenge. My grandmother got sick and passed and I had to put the challenge on hold. Seasons have officially changed. It’s just been a lot. But, alas, we are at the end, so we persevered!
Your Favorite Thing About the Phantom Story
Oh my, this question is difficult to answer too because there are so many great things about the Phantom story. The music, the opulent setting…there’s so much to love about it. However, I think my favorite thing about it is how it’s overall a story about the redeeming power of love.
Poor unhappy Erik was probably the loneliest soul to ever live. He was desperate for love and tried to take it by force. However, in the end, it was his true love for Christine that ultimately saved his soul. By setting her free and putting her happiness above his own, he redeemed himself. That is the truest type of love – when you’re willing to sacrifice your own happiness for that of the person you love.
I also love how the Phantom story seems to touch everyone who comes in contact with it. Although we might not all be disfigured in the way that the Phantom was, I think almost every one has felt different or like an outcast at one point or another. The Phantom’s pain speaks to all of us, I think, on some level and our innate desire to be loved. It’s just a touching tale that so many people can identify with in some way or another, whether you identify with the character of Christine, Erik or another.