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Christine Glaude P. 3 12/1/10 Some of the most debated Phantom of the Opera topics on the Web are as follows. Raoul or Erik (the Phantom), who is superior to the other and who did Christine Daae truly love? Would The Phantom have given her a normal life the way that Raoul could? Who should Christine have ended up with? Although popular opinion tends to be in favor of Raoul, Erik is the right choice. Of course, the goal in answering the first question is to explore the ways of how each man loved the beautiful, young and enchanting songstress, Christine Daae.

Raoul de Chagney, the youthful Baron of France, expresses his love for Daae in a romantic, emotionally controlling technique. It is said that the two were childhood sweethearts, but that they had not seen each other since their early teens. Even so, Christine falls back in love with the handsome, strapping, rich Baron. The two naive, young lovers are ready to hurry to the altar after reuniting by chance in the grand opera house. However, an obstacle impedes their route: The Phantom of the Opera.

After giving her debut performance on stage, Christine is visited by a secretive, mysterious, masked man. Daae learns that this “angel” is the renowned Phantom of the Opera and that his presence is marked by his pleasure with her talent. The distinguished Phantom seduces Christine and leads her to his underground chamber where he proceeds in singing his masterpiece. This song alone allows Erik to express his passionate feelings of enduring love to her. “Music of the Night” intrigues Christine and causes her to be spell-bound by his charms.

Christine is able to see past the infamous mask that dresses the musical genius’ face. Unlike, The Phantom is embarrassed of his scars, and when Christine peels back his mask to see his actual face, he regresses and pushes her away, causing her to become confused. Whereas Raoul displays the typical courting approach, Erik’s is alluring. Without doubt, the next question is a touchy subject between Phantom of the Opera “Phans. ” More than 60%, according to fan sites, believe that Erik could not have given Christine a future in the real world, as Raoul could.

It is evident that Raoul would provide Christine a more opportunistic life. He could give her the love she needed, adorn her in beautiful dresses and jewels, supply her with queen-like living situations, and bestow upon her many children. Nevertheless, it is not fair to state that The Phantom, notoriously reclusive, would not try to give Christine the same opportunities. In the last scene of the musical, Erik sings to Christine with intense emotion-at one point practically crying the words: “Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime.

Lead me, save me from my solitude. Say you want me with you here, beside you. Anywhere you go, let me go too! Christine, that’s all I ask of you. ” The ending of the song implies that The Phantom believes Christine could save him, that he would have Christine lead him into the light of a normal life. She was his hope, his will and his courage. Overall, both men could have given Daae a conventional life. The ending of the musical, The Phantom of the Opera, is the hardest aspect of the story to explain.

The Phantom and Raoul nearly fight to the death in order to win Daae’s heart. Christine weeps at the sight of her two possible lovers battling, and seems to change her mind at least three times in the scene. She cannot love one without hurting the other. Unbelievably, Christine appears to choose Raoul, but then returns to The Phantom. She gives Erik the engagement ring that Raoul had bestowed her previously in the musical, as a symbol of her undying, never-ending love.

The Phantom then takes the ring and tells Christine one last time that he loves her as she walks away from him to begin her “one love, one lifetime” with Raoul. As stated by Andrew Lloyd Webber himself, “This story of a young woman’s choice is the most tragic story ever told. ” As the reader, ponder the similarities and differences touched upon in the questions discussed. Who should Christine Daae have chosen? The obvious, natural person, like Raoul, who she was expected to love? Or, take a chance on the thrilling, wondrous beauty of a forbidden love with The Phantom?

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