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Because of normal disbelief in ghosts and the paranormal Gaston Leroux goes to great lengths to ensure that in fact The Opera Ghost really existed In the prologue of The Phantom of the Opera written with the feel of a gothic novel Mr Leroux says He was not as was long believed a creature of the imagination of the artists the superstition of the managers or a product of the absurd and impressionable brains of the young ladies of the ballet their mothers the box-keepers the cloak-room attendants or the concierge he uses this explicit sentence to stress the importance that the ghost really exists Without this assurance of the author the whole story from here gets doubted by some skeptic ruining the book for he or sheWhen Gaston Leroux says Yes he existed in flesh and blood he precludes any thought the reader might have about drug induced hallucinations or real phantoms for that matter From when the words flesh and blood signal to the readers that Erik an antagonist of many heads exists as a phantom to the people around him instead of a real specter to the point when Erik receives his poetic justice by meeting his termination and Raoul the protagonist gets his retribution Gaston Leroux strives to ensure that the ghost existed as a real human being A great mind once said Tell a man a billion stars exist in the universe and he will believe you tell him the bench has wet paint and he has to touch it Human nature tells us to want to disprove something that someone says Since Leroux knows this he plants the seed of curiosity in the readers mind willing them to read onOnly unreasonable people believe that Erik exists as a ghost When normal readers read this novel they catch themselves at times thinking No way a ghost could of done that or It is not a ghost because of Only an
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