“The Phantom of the Opera”
"Angel of Music, you've deceived me. I gave you my mind blindly". The voice of Christine sings a poignant part, voicing her opinion of her Angel. The world created by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the 2004 movie The Phantom of the Opera is one filled with majesty, elegance, and music. The central stage is the Opera House, where numerous dangerous things happen. Wearing a white mask that covers a grotesque face, he sneaks around in the shadows of the Opera House, deceiving and frightening. His name is the Phantom of the Opera.
With the use of original music by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the initial production of the musical The Phantom of the Opera in West End, London, in 1986; The Phantom of the Opera movie starring Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson, and Minnie Driver is a movie that weaves a story of love and obsession between three individuals. The stage version based on the original Le Fantôme de l'Opéra French novel by write Gaston Leroux starred Michael Crawford as the Phantom, Sara Brighton as Christine, and Steve Barton as Raoul. The movie The Phantom of the Opera contains various archetypes, however the Phantom of the Opera, the movie’s namesake, personifies a demon lover.
The demon lover archetype and theme has various definitions ranging from: one who is drawn to others for need of transformation to a lover that has a demonic origin. Oftentimes, a demon lover presents his or her chosen ‘lover’ or ‘victim’ as a person of danger, excitement, and intensity. Sometimes, the demon lover offers a chance to achieve the ‘unachievable’ or a lover’s own dreams that seem impossible. According to the words of Kaleah, once a person meets a demon lover, it is said, “he strikes a chord of kinship within us. There seems to be deep soul mate connection, the kindred spirit, the one we recognize as being significant in our lives” (2006). It is sometimes this connection that leads both men and women to follow their demon...