Sitting with my family, watching Phantom of the Opera for the fist time, turned to be both entertaining and thought-provoking. All through the movie I was rooting for Christine to find a way to be with Raul. Their love was sweet and sincere. I thought the Phantom was a crazed lover who was going to let his jealousy get in the way. As the ending came into view, all my thoughts and feelings about the movie was proven true until the Phantom showed a heart. When the Phantom realized his love for Christine would never be reciprocated by Christine because of her love for Raul, he gave her up. He told her to go, and she did. His heart was broken that hers may be whole.
I think there are two lessons that can be drawn from the Phantom of the Opera. First of all, the Phantom teaches us that sometimes the greatest test of love is the ability to sacrifice one’s own feelings to let the other person live his or her life. The Phantom very obviously loved Christine, but he let his feelings go when he realized how much she loved Raul. He showed he cared by caring for her feelings.
Secondly, I find it pitiful that the Phantom became what he was. He hid from a world that couldn’t look past a birth defect. It is sad to me that we indeed live in such a shallow world. If the world showed him a little love, maybe the story would be different. Maybe the Phantom would have known how to love Christine without being obsessed. Maybe the Phantom would have been able to find someone to love him for who he is, even with the scars. We as people hold the greatest power and greatest gift within us. We have the power to love. With a little love, God can use us to heal the broken-hearted, give hope to the hopeless, and encourage the discouraged.
In the end, I came to the conclusion that the Phantom of the Opera is a wonderful movie full of great music and thought-provoking plot.