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The Phantom Unrequited

If a person loves someone, but that person does not love him/her back, what should that person do? And if a person offers his/her help, does that mean that the person receiving the help should show his/her gratitude by way of love?

Treated as nothing because of a disfigurement, Erik became the Phantom of the Opera and wielded his power with a heavy hand. And his love for Christine Daae was no exception. At times I felt sorry for him, you know “Oh Lord Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” sort of way, but upon reflection realized that, a person cannot force others into relationships that they do not want any part of.

Gaston Leroux’s novel was tragic, tragic in a way that showed that people want love and to be love, but at what cost?

“Are people so unhappy when they love?” Christine/ “Yes, Christine, when they love and are not sure of being loved.” Raoul from chapter 13, A Master Stroke of the Trap-Door Lover

What would you do for love?

As for the movie starring Gerard Butler. Part of the epilogue said, “Poor, unhappy Erik! Shall we pity him? Shall we curse him? He asked only to be “someone”, like everybody else. But he was too ugly. And he had to hide his genius or use it to play tricks with, when, with an ordinary face, he would have been one of the most distinguished of mankind! He had a heart that could have held the empire of the world; and, in the end, he had to content himself with a cellar. Ah, yes we must need pity the Opera Ghost!” The actor brought that to life.

But is pity a way of excusing that behavior?

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Desire?

Is desire greater than a want or less than a need? The reason I asked is because of this.

“Stranger than you dreamt it, can you even bear to look, or dare to think of me?… This lonesome gargoyle who burns in hell but secretly YEARNS for heaven secretly, secretly but Christine… fear can turn to love you’ll learn to see to find the man behind the monster this… repulsive carcass that seems a beast but secretly dreams of beauty secretly, secretly…”
from the movie The Phantom of The Opera

Those were the words of the Phantom to Christine Daae, and after them, he cried.

There was a desire to be with the person he loved; he compared it to heaven. But he did not get that love. Why? She did not love him; there was no yearning to be with him.

When you love someone, do you want to be around that person, or do you need to be around that person? Can it lead to an obsession?

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