what happened to the phantom of the opera’s face?

i tried looking online but i couldnt find anything. could someone tell me?

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  • Most [good] adaptations never give a clear answer of what caused the Phantom’s deformity. The original novel by Gaston Leroux and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical (as well as the 2004 movie) both just say that he was born with it but don’t give any other explanation.

    Gaston Leroux, before he actually wrote /The Phantom of the Opera/, researched a few diseases and conditions that would cause someone to be severely deformed without making them physically immobile or mentally hindered. He came across a disorder called Porphyria cutanea tarda and used that for the basis of Erik’s (the Phantom) deformity.

    Andrew Lloyd Webber never gives an explanation for why the Phantom is deformed, but his deformity is much different than in the original novel.

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    what happened to the phantom of the opera’s face?

    i tried looking online but i couldnt find anything. could someone tell me?

  • There have been many theories to what happened to face. Some people believe he was born that way, others say his mother hated him and dipped him in a pot of either acid or boiling water. Either way the actual reason has never been revealed by the writer.

  • In the original novel, it is never revealed what caused the deformity. Many adaptations assign either an accident or a birth defect as the cause, but none have ever agreed.

  • Most people accept that he was born with it. Other people think he got burnt. I believe the first theory because he says, “This face which earned a mother’s fear and loathing.” I don’t think she would have loathed him had he been injured to that point. He was born that way.

  • It was never definitively stated, but speculated that it was caused by a mother who had tried to abort him with caustic fluids, like etching or some kind of other acid got on his face.

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    Since this is in “Theatre and Acting”, I’m assumin you mean the ALW musical. In 1919 Paris, an auction is taking place. The auctioneer auctions off a monkey music box, and an old man named Raoul buys it. It reminds him of the past. He then shows everyone a chandelier, one he says figured in “the famous disaster”. He raises it up to the ceiling. As it goes up, the chandelier transfers the audience into the past, the Paris Opera House, 1875. (Overture) The Opera Populaire is rehearsing for a show of the opera Hannibal, and the diva La Carlotta Giudicelli is practicing her leading role. Just then, the manager Monsieur Lefevre enters with M. Firmin and M. Andre. He says that he is retiring, and that Firmin and Andre now own the opera Populaire. Andre and Firmin watch the rehearsal. During the time, a dancer comes in late. Madame Giry, the ballet instructor, introduces her as Christine Daae, orphaned daughter of a Swedish violinist and chorus girl who always has her head in the clouds. After the dance is over, they meet Carlotta, star of the show. They ask her to sing for them, and she does. However, she is no more than three lines into the song when a backdrop falls, narrowly missing her. Joseph Buquet, the chief scene shifter, claims that he wasn’t at his post. Hearing this, the dancers go crazy, screaming that it’s the Phantom of the Opera! Carlotta throws a tantrum and storms out, refusing to come back. Madame Giry gives everyone a note from the Opera Ghost. The note asks that the new managers leave box 5 empty for him, and that they pay him a salary of 20,000 francs a month. Firmin and Andre are at a loss of what to do. Then, someone suggest Christine; she has been taking lessons from a great teacher. Nervously, she walks up and sings. Christine sings beautifully at the gala. (Think of Me) When he hears her, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, the opera’s new patron, instantly recognizes her as his childhood sweetheart. After the gala, Christine’s friend Meg, a ballerina, finds her and congratulates her on her performance. She also asks her who her tutor is. Christine replies that she believes her teacher is the Angel of Music, sent by her father. She says she feels him all around her. (Angel of Music) Raoul comes into Christine’s dressing room and gives her flowers. They remember the fun they had in childhood, how Raoul rescued Christine’s scarf from the sea, the stories Christine’s father told them. (“Little Lotte”) Raoul asks Christine to supper, despite her protests that her angel of music won’t let her. Suddenly, the lights go out, and a voice booms in Christine’s room, angry about her and Raoul planning to go to supper together. A frightened Christine begs for forgiveness. She asks to see her angel. The angel agrees. Suddenly Christine sees a masked man in her mirror. He takes her through.(“The Mirror”) He then takes Christine through an underground labyrinth. Christine is astounded. She realizes her angel is the phantom of the opera. She sings for him. (“The Phantom of the Opera”) The Phantom takes her to his underground lair and serenades her with a song about his love for music and darkness. (“Music of the Night”) When Christine discovers a mannequin of herself, she faints, and the Phantom puts her in a swan bed. Meanwhile, Joseph Buquet is entertaining the ballerinas, telling them about the hideous appearance of the opera ghost and the magical lasso he uses to kill people until Madame Giry arrives and tells him he shouldn’t talk about the Phantom like that. (“Magical Lasso”) In the lair, Christine awakes. She remembers the past night’s events. (“I Remember…”) She walks up to the Phantom, and curiously rips of his mask to reveal what is apparently a hideously deformed face, though the audience is not shown it. He is angry at her, but hopes she will be able to see past the monster, and learn to love him. (“Stranger Than You Dreamt It”) Back at the opera, Carlotta, Raoul, Firmin, and Andre are all shocked. They have recieved mysterious notes. One says to stop casting Carlotta, another, to make no more attempts to see Christine, whom the angel of music has under his wing, a third, to pay the ghost his salary of 20,000 francs. Then, Madame Giry arrives, saying that Christine has returned and giving the managers a note which says to give Christine the lead role in a new opera, and Carlotta a silent one. Everyone sings about what an outrage this is. (“Notes”) But the managers aren’t about to let some “ghost” control them. They decide to give Carlotta the lead, and Christine the silent part. Though Carlotta doesn’t want to at first, she is later excited for her song to live again (“Prima Donna”), though Raoul and Mme. Giry are worried about this, and the Phantom warns them that a disaster beyond their imagination will occur if his instructions are not followed. In the opera Il Muto, which is about a countess (Carlotta) cheating on her husband with a mute pageboy (Christine), everything goes smoothly at first (“Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh”). Then, a mysterious voice from the chandelier, angry that box five has been sold and his instructions not followed. Everyone is nervous, but continues to go on with the opera as usual–until Carlotta starts to croak like a toad. Confusion ensues on stage. Carlotta runs off, and the managers, at a loss of what to do, give the role of the countess to Christine. While they are preparing, they put on the ballet from Act III. The ballerinas are unprepared, but do well from the most part–that is, until a man is hung from the rafters. The man, Joseph Buquet, was killed by the Phantom because he almost found his hiding spot. Everyone panics, despite the managers telling them not to. Needless to say, Christine is the most frightened. She brings Raoul up to the roof, afraid the Phantom will destroy them all. Raoul doesn’t believe her at first. (“Why Have You Brought Us Here?”) Christine tells him about the Phantom, how she fears him and yet pities him. (“Raoul, I’ve Been There”) She asks Raoul to protect her and love her, and he says he will. (“All I Ask of You”). The Phantom, who has overheard their conversation, is distressed that Christine has betrayed him. He swears revenge on them both. (“All I Ask of You–Reprise”) He then brings down the chandelier. And thus and the first act. The second act begins six months after the first, with a masquerade ball, celebrating New Years, and, more importantly, the fact that the phantom has not been seen for the last six months. (“Masquerade”) We learn that Christine and Raoul are engaged, but Christine is still afraid, and wants the engagement to be secret. However, the fun is cut short when the Phantom appears, saying that he has written an opera, Don Juan Triumphant, and wants the Populaire to perform it. He tells Christine that she will still sing for him. (“Why So Silent?”) After the masquerade, Raoul interrogates Madame Giry about the phantom. Though at first she claims to know no more than anyone else, she later tells him that the phantom is a hideously deformed genius who came to live under the opera house. The managers are, again, shocked at the Phantom’s notes, asking that Christine star in the play.Carlotta is just as angry about her small part. She accuses Christine of planning this. Christine angrily denies this, and says she doesn’t want her part. Raoul then has an idea to use Christine to capture the phantom, in spite of Mme. Giry’s warnings. (“Notes”) Christine begs them not to make her do this, and tells them how scared she is of the Phantom (“Twisted Every Way”) but reluctantly agrees. Everyone rehearses for Don Juan Triumphant–so far, it doesn’t look like the play will go well. (“Don Juan Rehearsal”) Not sure of what to do, Christine goes to her father’s grave. (“Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”) The phantom tells her to come to him, and though she tries not to, Christine is drawn to him. (“Wandering Child”) Raoul arrives, telling Christine not to come to him. The phantom mocks him and shoots fireballs at him. (“Bravo, Monsieur”) Raoul takes Christine back. The phantom declares war upon them both. The opera Don Juan Triumphant is about to begin. The police officers are put to their posts. The opera starts. The ensemble sings about Don Juan, a man who plans to take advantage of a young woman named Aminta, like he has so many others. (“Don Juan Triumphant”) Even though Piangi, the lead tenor, was supposed to play Don Juan, the phantom strangles him and takes his part. He sings with Christine about their passion. (“Point of No Return”) At first, Christine seems to be under his spell…then, suddenly, she removes his mask, revealing a grotesque face. Angrily, the phantom takes her away. Carlotta finds Piangi dead. Mme. Giry says she will show Raoul where the Phantom and Christine are. The Phantom is taking Christine back to his lair. (“Down Once More”), as a mob is planning to hunt down the phantom (“Track Down This Murder”)He tells her he was forced down into this darkness because no one could show compassion to him, unable to look past his face. Christine asks him if he will rape her. Instead of answering, he says that “the fate which condemned [him] to wallow in blood has also denied [him] the joys of the flesh.” He tells her even his mother could not see past his face. But Christine, he says, will stay with him. Christine tells him she doesn’t care about his face anymore–it’s his soul that’s truly hideous.

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