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In the novel Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux we are introduced to a character known to everyone as the mysterious Opera Ghost His character in this book is very complex Although the Opera Ghost is very ugly physically and mentally through his actions we can find much beauty During the masked ball we are given what the reader believes at the time a very good physical description of the Opera Ghost At the masked ball the Opera Ghost does a perfect job imitating death The Grim Reaper himself must have posed for it the on looking crowd would comment But the hideous thing that he wears upon his head is in fact only a mask What he hides underneath the mask is more wretched than anything imaginable to men The Opera Ghost was Made up entirely of death138 He was so disgustingly ugly that his mother would never let him kiss her she would throw his mask at him and run away263 Poor Eriks life knows nothing but ugliness We see more of the Opera Ghosts ugliness when we read of the Persians description of the Opera Ghosts love of torture Before the Opera Erik designs torture chambers for a little sultana in Persia His design was just a small room with six walls with each wall being a mirror There is also a tree with a Punjab Lasso The Opera Ghosts idea of torture was not so much physical pain but a torture in which a victim would go mad and in their madness they would kill themselves On the outside of each one of these chambers there is a place the Opera watches his victims while they were going mad Erik truly was ugly not only physically but mentally We are given our first example of Eriks beauty when Raoul is spying on Christine in her dressing room He starts to hear a beautiful sound that seems to coming
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