The Phantom of the Opera is a chilling tale interlaced with darkness, despair, love, and redemption. Gaston Leroux published Le Fantôme de l’Opéra in 1910. Over one hundred years later, the basic premise of the story is a worldwide phenomenon. The story never dies, having been published in a variety of forms and immortalized on stage and film. Writers continue to pen sequels, websites and forums continue to inundate the Internet, literature students dissect its hidden meaning in the classroom, and scholars and psychologists publish commentaries. The Phantom’s desperate search for love takes him down a road of obsession and violence, and the cry of his despair echoes in our hearts, “All I wanted was to be loved for myself.”
Lessons From The Phantom of the Opera steps behind the scenes and examines the characters, emotions, symbols, and events. Originally written in blog format by an admirer of the story, each post encourages readers to take a deeper look at the motivation of the characters and hidden symbolism. The author uses Leroux's original work but also touches on the stage and movie versions. Personal reflection is encouraged, and life applications emerge from a timeless masterpiece for everyone to enjoy.
The 3rd Edition of Lessons From the Phantom of the Opera expands the original paperback version released in May of 2009 and touches on the controversial sequel.